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Photography of Homer L. Shantz

Native men and women dancing

Contributor: 
The University of Arizona Herbarium
Creator: 
Homer Leroy Shantz
Description: 
Shows men dancing with women looking on at the right - banana leaf men in fore. 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. Women wear many neck, arm, and leg ornaments of metal & brass, skirts of tanned goat skin - no hair - decorated with beads. These women are not married but each has a man - but must have no children until she is married. [Shantz travel journal, May 23, 1920]
Format: 
image/jpeg
Language: 
English
Title: 
azu_shantz_19200523_38432_m
Created: 
1920-05-23
City: 
Meru
City Then: 
Meru
Continent: 
Africa
Country: 
Kenya
Country Then: 
Kenya
Is this item in the public domain?: 
No