Matachines Dancers Bandana of Jose Lucrecio Baca
This bandana is manufactured from cotton fabric. It is multicolored including light and dark orange, black, white, purple and gray. Designs are stamped all over. They include images of a snake, bird and other animals and geometric designs. The bandana may be used by Matachines dancers in two ways. It can be folded in a triangle, then tied around the mouth to hide the identity of the dancers while in character. It is tied in the back of the head to hold down the ribbons (listones) of the cupiles (headpieces). In other instances, it is folded and tied to the left arm just above the elbow of dancers or el Monarca.
The artifacts in this collection were used by the Matachines Dance Group led by Jose Lucrecio Baca. They were donated by his daughter. Mr. Baca, of Hispanic descent, learned Matachines dances in Taos, NM, where he grew up. He moved to Pueblo, CO in the 1940s and continued the dances. In the 1990s, Mr. Baca was awarded a grant by the Colorado Council on the Arts to travel throughout Colorado to revitalize the Matachines Dances.
MADE IN U.S.A. OF IMPORTED FABRIC/ALL COTTON/RN13960
In a rectangle: P/PARIS