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Anacostia Community Museum
December 14, 2016
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Indigenous masks
Anacostia Community Museum

Tecuanes Jaguar and Tecuanes Old Man

 “Tecuanes” comes from the indigenous Nahatual language and refers to the jaguar. The Dance of the Tecuanes began in the late 1880s in southcentral Mexico. The principal characters are a jaguar and old men with exaggerated European features in charro suits. The two masks seen here are from a VA-based troupe that has performed at Fiesta DC, Latino Fest, and many other festivals in the area.

"Tecuanes" viene de la lengua indígena Nahatual y se refiere a la jaguar. La danza de la Tecuanes comenzó a finales de 1880 en el centro sur de México. Los personajes principales son un jaguar y viejos con características exageradas europeas en trajes de charros. Estas dos máscaras pertenecen a un grupo de Virginia que ha realizado en Fiesta DC, Latino Fest, y otros festivales locales.