Danza de los Voladores de Papantla at Indian Summer Festival (Milwaukee, WI)

Produced by Kimberlie Acosta
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)

The Danza de los Voladores de Papantla (Dance of Papantla's flyers) is a ritualistic dance in Veracruz, Mexico performed by the Totonac Indians and Olmeca Indians. There is an initial dance made by five men, the instruments being a carrizo flute, a tamborcillo and maracas.

The men, each representing the five elements of the indigenous world climb a top a pole, one of them stays on the pole playing a flute and dancing while the remaining four descend the pole with a rope tied by one of their feet. The rope unwraps itself 13 times for each of the four flyers, symbolizing the 52 weeks of the year.

Danza de los Voladores de Papantlaperforming at Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday 2009. Brought to you by IndianCountryTV.com on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation at Reserve, Wisconsin. Inset video clips by Dale Kakkak. 

 

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