06 April 2012

From his series Moko Jumbies: Dancing Spirits of Trinidad A photo essay about a stilt walking school in Cocorite, Trinidad whose main purpose is to keep children off the streets and away from drugs. Dragon Glen de Souza (founder) first taught dances like the Calypso, African dance and the jig with his former partner Cathy Ann Samuel. Searching for other activities to engage the children in, he rediscovered the art of stilt-walking, a tradition known in West Africa as the Moko Jumbies , protectors of the villages and participants in religious ceremonies. The art was brought to Trinidad by the slave trade and soon forgotten.Today Dragon’s school has over 100 members from age 4 and up. Stefan Falke, photographer
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