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 1560’s along the rivers and coasts of the southern Pacific coast 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 on certain levels, from first contact to present times.
This mask – avian shapeshifter – alluding to notions of shamanic transformation and the secrets and power of the feathered ones, was worn over the last 5 years as well as in this year’s Danza de los Diablitos of 2018-2019 in the village of Boruca.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 9″ x 18 1/4” (23 x 46.5cm)
- Artist: Jose Carlos Morales