Native dancers

Contributor
The University of Arizona Herbarium
Creator
Homer Leroy Shantz
Description
The head of the dancing column. The body of the dancer is white clay to the waist and this decorated by being scraped off. Ostrich plumes fitted under the nose and leading back over the head, white & black, are used. A monkey or lion skin is often used to form a tall skin hat. Wear only a string of beads around the waist. Each carries a spear and shield and a long knife. At Shimbu the Meru danced for movies. The most interesting feature of the dance is the high jump - with feet dragged behind or even a slight kick back. The long spear, the head dress and practical absence of clothing are remarkable. [Shantz travel journal, May 23, 1920]
Format
image/jpeg
Language
English
Title
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Created
1920-05-23
City
Meru
City Then
Meru
Continent
Africa
Country
Kenya
Country Then
Kenya
Is this item in the public domain?
No