New York: Pointed Leaf Press, LLC, (2004). Photographs by Stefan Falke. 0972766138. First Edition. Tall 4to hardcover 13-3/4" x 9-3/4". Pictorial paper covered boards. Colorful pictorial endpapers. 215 pp. New, never used condition. / As new dust jacket. Item #393
Preface by Geoffrey Holder, Introduction by Earl Lovelace, Design by Stafford Cliff, Interviews by Laura Anderson Barbata, Production by Ian Hammond, Managing Editor, Jane K. Creech. Seventeen years ago, (from 2004) Glen "Dragon" de Souza founded the Keylemanjahro School of Arts and Culture on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. The school's mission was to revive the almost-forgotten West African tradition of the Moko Jumbie, or "dancing spirit" and adopt stilt-walking into the annual Carnival celebration. Not only would it restore a centuries-old tribal custom that had been squelched by colonialism and slavery, but de Souza dreamed it would also keep underprivileged children from street life and drugs. Today, more than one hundred Moko Jumbies - boys and girls from the age of four years old- practice at the Keylemanjahro School. Internationally recognized photographer Stefan Falke spent six years documenting these "dancing spirits" of Trinidad. With rare power, he captures the vivid costumes and haunting drama of the Moko Jumbie dances in over 200 dazzlingly beautiful color photographs. This book celebrates the success of a spectacular movement that has not only enriched the lives of its participants and all the people who live and visit Trinidad, but also the enduring culture of the island itself.
This colorful book is so beautiful, so alive with youthful spirit. Every page is a joy to linger over.