Los Voladores de Papantla

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Painting of one of Los Voladores de Papantla (the Flying Indians of Papantla) who performed ancient dramatic rituals at HemisFair '68. One of five performers danced atop a 114-foot pole on a 20 inch disk; then, four flyers leaped and spiraled downward with ropes secured to their waists to make 32 turns around the pole. The performance was presented by Frito-Lay/Pepsi-Cola. In this picture, the Indian is standing with his arms outstretched on a mountain top dressed in a bird-like costume and wearing traditional ornaments. He is also wearing a very elaborate headpiece composed of skulls and feathers.

Physical Description

1 photograph : col. ; 3 x 4 cm.

Creation Information

Creator: Unknown. 1967?.

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This artwork is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2009 and was provided by University of Texas at San Antonio to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 665 times . More information about this work can be viewed below.

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University of Texas at San Antonio

Established in 1969, the University of Texas at San Antonio has grown to become a successful research institution and the largest university in the San Antonio region. Its mission to promote academic its embracing of multicultural traditions includes the HemisFair Park Campus, which houses the Institute of Texan Cultures.

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Description

Painting of one of Los Voladores de Papantla (the Flying Indians of Papantla) who performed ancient dramatic rituals at HemisFair '68. One of five performers danced atop a 114-foot pole on a 20 inch disk; then, four flyers leaped and spiraled downward with ropes secured to their waists to make 32 turns around the pole. The performance was presented by Frito-Lay/Pepsi-Cola. In this picture, the Indian is standing with his arms outstretched on a mountain top dressed in a bird-like costume and wearing traditional ornaments. He is also wearing a very elaborate headpiece composed of skulls and feathers.

Physical Description

1 photograph : col. ; 3 x 4 cm.

Source

  • University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, San Antonio Fair, Inc., Records, 1962-1995 (bulk 1964-1968) MS 31, Box 504, Folder 5

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Rescuing Texas History, 2009

Photographs, oral histories, artwork, letters, and more. These more than 5,000 items give a glimpse into the diverse people that have called Texas home over the years. Funding provided by the Summerlee Foundation.

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Creation Date

  • 1967?

Start & End Dates

  • April 1968 - October 1968

Added to The The Portal to Texas History

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:38 a.m.

Description Last Updated

  • Aug. 10, 2010, 11:37 a.m.

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Los Voladores de Papantla, artwork, 1967?; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth66284/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at San Antonio.