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ERIC Number: EJ856240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3931
Moko Jumbies: Dancing Spirits from Africa
Bennett, S. A.; Phillips, Claire; Moore, Natalie
Arts & Activities, v144 n5 p24-25 Jan 2009
The original Moko Jumbie was a spirit dancer from West Africa. "Moko" is a West African word that refers to gods and "Jumbie" means ghost. In West Africa, Moko Jumbies are known to kidnap and eat disobedient children, steal dreams and see into evildoers' hearts and terrorize them. They walk through villages on 10- to 15-foot-high stilts wearing the traditional skirt of palm leaves and woven grass, and a pointed headdress that covers the face. The Moko Jumbie crossed the sea on the slave ships of the 1800s. The Moko Jumbie tradition remains strong in the Caribbean. The Moko Jumbie that came loping down the road is from the Caribbean's myriad cultures, which influenced the vibrant costumes and musical hats. Sometimes Moko Jumbies wear masks or makeup. Females wear beautiful head wraps and long, flowing skirts over satin leggings. In this article, the authors describe how students created their own Moko Jumbies. (Contains 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa