Masquerade costume

The Dogon people of Mali perform ceremonial dances dressed in striking masks and costumes. One such dance honours the dead: every morning and evening for up to six days, masqueraders dance in the village and surrounding fields – even on the deceased’s rooftop. Today, the Dogon also perform dances to entertain tourists.

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How do you use clothing to change your role or identity?

responded: Aug 18, 2011

Posted by Tara

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I am interested in how clothing can be a marker of alternative lifestyles and subcultures. In this sense, clothing can be a powerful marker of difference for those who do not identify with the status quo. The dogon costume sort of reminds me of the tribal elements inherent in the punk subculture.

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