Description: In this photograph, Indians dressed in traditional clothing are standing at the set up ceremony for the ancient dramatic ritual dance from Veracruz, Mexico. Each man representing the five elements of the indigenous world climb to the top of a pole, one of them stays, playing a flute and dancing while 4 other men descend the pole with a rope tied by one of their feet. The rope unwraps itself 13 times for each of the four flyers, representing the 52 weeks of the year. In this photograph, the men have not yet climbed the pole, which is at the top of a ceremonial platform. The ritual dance was one of the performances at HemisFair '68 which was held in San Antonio from April to October 1968.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio