Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Playing Indian

An elaborated headpiece belonging to a Fancy Indian at Victoria Square, Traditional Mas in Port of Spain, Trinidad, 2006

Fancy Indians are an adaptation of the indigenous peoples of North America. Step by step, the mas designer follows the descriptive drawings from books related to the First Nation peoples. During the performance, a masquerader will proceed with a series of body jesters which begins with a callings, then yells a blood-curdling war whoop and followed by a ritual dance which may be a stamp, hop.

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