The decorated black mask features red, yellow and green feathers inspired by the red, yellow and green colors found in the Bolivian flag. This mask is from a sculptural, barrel-like costume for the traditional Bolivian dance called La Morenada (Dance of the Black Slaves). The Morenada dance and costume style is inspired by African elements which speaks to the diversity of the Bolivian people. A popular theory describes the dance as being inspired by the African slaves brought into Bolivia to work in the Silver Mines of Potosí, Bolivia. Founded in 1971, the Latino Festival in Washington D.C. (also known as Fiesta D.C.) is an annual festival that celebrates Latin American and Latino culture. The festival features a parade, children's festival, food, arts and crafts and a community-based organization fair. The Parade of Nations features hundreds of dancers from Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean wearing traditional dress and performing traditional dances that represent their countries.
Black Mosaic Research Project, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution