Sunday, October 25, 2009
We Can Dance If We Want To
Well, I'm still not completely recovered from swine flu. Today is Day 11, and I still have a hacking cough plus a slight fever at times. Nonetheless, I've gotten to the point where I have to resume normal functioning, otherwise I will be driven crazy from lack of stimulation. So, I've decided to share this over-sized photograph from the turn-of-the-century. It's an interesting photo, because it's a group shot in which the women are posed and dressed rather fancifully. I'm not sure as to the purpose of this group shot. Could it have been a harvest festival? A rural "dance" of some kind? I'm not sure, but whatever the case, I enjoy esoteric images with ambiguous subject matter. And I find this to be a really pretty shot. NOTE: I actually just looked at the scan closely and found faint words that say "Banner Dance." So, it is a dance, but a few questions remain. What is a "banner dance"? Was this a common event, and if so, what customs surrounded it? Is "Banner" the name of a town rather than a type of dance?