Louis David Valenzuela is one of the last traditional Yoeme cottonwood mask makers in Southern Arizona. He learned the form from traditional Pascola mask makers from New and Old Pascua in Tucson. His masks represent significant cultural animals, such as monkey, goat, and rooster. He also creates masks for the sacred Deer Dance, which is performed annually during the Pascua Yaqui Lent ceremony. Valenzuela has taught and exhibited his work throughout Arizona. He is a 2018 recipient of the Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Award.
Photo by Steven Meckler