The Danza de los Diablitos ceremony of the Brunka tribe demonstrates the unbroken lineage connecting them back to their ancestors who first encountered the European invader in their midst sometime around the late 1530’s along the rivers and coasts of the southern Pacific watershed of present-day Costa Rica. The danza, or juego, is a re-enactment of the inevitable culture clash and fight for survival which occurred, and yet still occurs, from first contact to present times.
This mask – dubbed “Spikey” – was worn this year in the Danza de los Diablitos of 2016-2017 in the village of Boruca. Notice the pochote tree spikes around the eyes and cheeks of this mask. Important photo-documentation accompanies this mask.