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Photography of Homer L. Shantz

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: 
azu_shantz_19200523_38433_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