Masculinity in Masking: Bonds and Rituals in Black Masking Traditions
In connection with St. Joseph’s Night, which falls on March 19 and honors the bonds of fathers and sons, three leaders of the Black masking tradition, Big Chief Shaka Zulu, Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr., and Big Chief Bruce Sunpie Barnes, discussed their ties to the culture and approaches to masking. In conversation with co-curators Ron Bechet and Kim Vaz-Deville, they explored how their practices celebrate Black men as leaders and spiritual practitioners, challenge assumptions, and create space for a lasting community in a changing city.
Xavier University of Louisiana
Vaz-Deville, Kim, "Masculinity in Masking: Bonds and Rituals in Black Masking Traditions" (2021). Programming for Mystery in Motion. 1.