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Óyne Dance Costume
Cubeo People, Brazil

Cubeo men make masks such as this for the óyne (weeping), a mourning ceremony for the recently dead. Masked dancers impersonating both familiar creatures (in this case, a parrot) and mischievous spirit beings come—as anthropologist Irving Goldman has described them—“to mourn, but mainly to turn the people from grief.” The use of bark cloth is widespread throughout the Amazon region, and among Native peoples around the world.

Field Museum 

fashionsfromhistory:

Óyne Dance Costume

Cubeo People, Brazil

Cubeo men make masks such as this for the óyne (weeping), a mourning ceremony for the recently dead. Masked dancers impersonating both familiar creatures (in this case, a parrot) and mischievous spirit beings come—as anthropologist Irving Goldman has described them—“to mourn, but mainly to turn the people from grief.” The use of bark cloth is widespread throughout the Amazon region, and among Native peoples around the world.

Field Museum