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Avian Shapeshifter

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 on one level, from first contact to present times.

This mask – avian shapeshifter – alluding to notions of shamanic transformation and the powers of the feathered hunters, was worn this year in the Danza de los Diablitos of 2017-2018 in the village of Boruca.

  • Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
  • Size: 13 1/2″″ x 20” (35 x 51cm)
  • Artist: Jose Maroto

Additional information

Weight 2.4 kg