14 1/2 x 11 3/4in (36.8 x 29.8cm)
Gift of Susan Toomey Frost
The Dance of the Malinches is performed by the Huave Indians of the southern part of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and especially in San Dionisio del Mar, an enchanting tropical village near the port of Salina Cruz. Its movements, though highly formalized, require a perfect combination of agility and training, for each dancer carries a double rhythm. While he marks one pattern with a rattle with one arm, the other arm follows a separate rhythm with a feather-trimmed bamboo. The costume is sober but sharply color-contrasted, which gives greater precision to the variation of development in the movements of the performers. The accompanying music is produced with flutes and drums.
Carlos Mérida (Guatemalan, b.1891, d.1984)