Bamileke beaded Elephant mask, Cameroon

Africa Elephant Mask from the Bamiléké people of Cameroon Postcard; publisher Hoa-Qui n° 3720

Bamileke Beaded Elephant Mask, Cameroon  These masks, with beads carefully embroidered onto cloth, take the form of an important royal icon, the elephant, with its long trunk and large ears. The patterns on the front and back panels suggest another royal icon, the leopard. The display of wearing these richly embellished masks and other regalia at court ceremonies was the best evidence of the wealth of a Bamileke kingdom.

Bamileke Beaded Elephant Mask, Cameroon These masks, with beads carefully…

Africa | Initiation rituals among Ndaka people. Near Epulu, Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo. 1972 | ©Eliot Elisofon

Africa | Initiation rituals among Ndaka people. Near Epulu, Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo. 1972 | ©Eliot Elisofon

Martin Gunside, L'Esprit des hommes de la Terre de Feu, 1919-1924. Couvert de blanc d'os broyé, un Indien kawésqar représente l'esprit Yincihaua.

A Yincihaua spirit of the Kawésqar people painted white with ground bones, Specters of a Civilization by Glenn H.

Les Rencontres d'#Arles http://www.artlimited.net/agenda/exposition-collective-les-rencontres-photographie-arles/fr/7582711 #Exposition #Festival #Photographie #rencontres2015 @rencontresarles

Exposition Collective, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Photographie - Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France

Martin Gusinde/Anthropos Institute/Éditions Xavier Barral Ulen is a clown­like male spirit, whose role is to entertain the audience of the Selk’nam Hain ceremony, 1923

Leaves Nothing to the Imagination

This photographer talks to us about her latest project, Senseless, which reminds us to not be too over-connected in this technology-obsessed society.

Pende Minganji masked dancers, Guardians of initiation camp, D.R.Congo, near Gungu

Pende Minganji masked dancers, Guardians of initiation camp, D.Congo, near Gungu - LOXOCO FACADE - Photographed by Eliot Elisofon in 1970

We Go Down Slowly Rising: Wren-boys, Ireland

From the “The Secret Museum of Mankind”. The straw boys are a centuries old tradition in western, rural Ireland. They crash weddings and wakes to sing, dance and commit acts of “buffoonery”. Straw boys continue to crash wedding to this day.

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