man's ceremonial tunic

 
Culture
Fulani people
Culture
Bororo
Creation date
Materials
cotton embroidered with synthetic fibers
Dimensions
50 1/16 x 15 1/2 in.
Credit line
Gift of Dr. Steven Conant in memory of Mrs. H. L. Conant
Accession number
2001.186
Collection
Not Currently On View

At the end of the rainy season each year, the Wodaabe participate in the Geerewol festival.

The young men spend many hours decorating themselves and then perform a series of charm dances that are judged by women.

For seven days, the men compete in these seductive dances to attract young girls, who, at the end of the dance, can select the men they find the most attractive to spend the night.

Dr. Steven Conant, Indianapolis; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (2001).
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