Michael Atwood Mason, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and the Assistant Director for Exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He served as one of the co-curators of African Voices and Ritmos de Identidad exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, and he has managed the development of many other permanent and temporary exhibitions at Natural History. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, he has been studying the cultures of the African Diaspora  since 1987. His book, Living SanterĂ­a: Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion, was published by the Smithsonian Institution Press 2002.