mokojumbie

My #stiltjourney started at Wise Fool New Mexico and I’m incredibly excited to be returning as a teacher! If you or someone you know are interested please spread the word about this workshop! . . . Join visiting artist Naya El for a stilt workshop grounded in Afro Caribbean tradition and inspired by the Moko Jumbie figures of Trinidad. Participants will honor and learn about the history of the stilt-walking tradition in the Caribbean while playing and building upon Afro Caribbean movements that dance with the melodies of reggae, soca, and afro beats rhythms. This workshop is for people who already have basic stilt walking skills including walking without assistance and getting up and down from sitting on your own. Stilts will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. To Register click the "ticket" link or visit wiseefoolnewmexico.org About the Instructor: Naya (ny-ah) first learned how to walk on stilts 6 years ago as a BUST participant at @wisefoolnewmexico . Shortly after she began diving into her own personal relationship to the stilt walking practice. Informed by her history as a Jamaican raised in multiple continents, she began to study the Afro Caribbean tradition of stilt walking under the guidance of Ali Sylvester (Trinidad) of Brooklyn Jumbies and Julio Thijs (Guyana) founder of Bosie Sage. She now leads a group called @moko.motion that uplifts ancestral wisdom & preserves folk stories of the Caribbean & African diaspora through movement and the stilt walking tradition. #afrocaribbeanmovement #circusarts #newmexico #santafe #wisefoolnm #stilts #stiltwalker #mokojumbie

One of the many faces of Mas! We love your images @zander_fin . Any photographers with great NHC images, old and new, please get in touch for reposts . #Repost @zander_fin . @nhcarnivalldn #NottingHillCarnival #2017 #artscouncil #nottinghillcarnival #caribbean #steelpan #soundsystemculture #jabjab #mokojumbie #duttymas #jouvert #steelpan #drummers #calypso #calysonian #carnivalfood #caribbean #dub #reggae #soca #mas #kidsmas #funmas #prettymas

For Christmas Eve last year I was asked to tell a true story about a Christmas of my past. I spent Christmas of '98 on #stkitts (a #caribbeanisland I once called home) and told my audience of adults and children a tale about the #mokojumbie (represented by dancing #stiltwalkers), and how important they are, for they protect the islands and their people. As I wrote my story of how critical it is that they be asked to be in attendence for #christmasjumpup the #spirits started to come to life in my mind, and urged me to #paint them into #reality. The painting finished in time to share with my audience. I am often blue, and yet when I look up at them - they seem to cheer me #Onward. #mixedmedia #acrylicpaints #feathers #tinygems #penandink #fabercastell #watercolours #colouredinks ©DianaVeraDesigns #art #writersoninstagram #artist #creativity #painting #crazyaboutcolours #artistsofinstagram #artistsonistagram #thedianaverasilverbridgethoughts #originalartwork #stiltswalkers_world-wide #dianaveradesigns #stkittsandnevis

So here's the process for that last pice I posted. You can see I had issues with the head proportions and positions, but after I (eventually) figured it out, it was pretty smooth sailing. I also tried to go for a flower motif (hence the green background) at the end, but it didn't work so I just left it out . . . . . 1 #thickness #fatart #bbw #ssbbw #blackart #africanart #digitalart #africanamericanart #bbwart #blackness #instaart #mokojumbie #plussize #dopeblackart #plussizeart #thickness #sketch #curvy #curvyart #effyourbeautystandards #modernart #myart #artoftheday #poc #pearshape #topheavy #bottomheavy #fullfigured #plussizebeauty #bodypositivity #plussizefashion

❤😎🌴👙 THANK YOU to @thebuccaneerstcroix and @livekellyandryan for the fabulous week at this beautiful resort in #StCroix #USVI #TheBuccaneer #KellyandRyan #traveltrivia #triviacaller #MokoJumbie #sugarmill @gelmanlive @kellyripa @ryanseacrest #blessed #cashewfruit Swipe to see all the photos.

It's #Wednesday!!! Colorgasm® #Humpday pic features a whine you won't find anywhere else, #Ballerina and #MokoJumbie whine at the same time!!! Only at COLORGASM®!!!! 🎇 Time is running out! Get your tickets NOW at www.getmycolorgasm.com! 💥💦 COLORGASM® :: Atlanta's # 1 Paint 🔸Powder 🔹Water PARTY on #AtlantaCaribbeanCarnival Weekend May 27, 2018. ((( CrAzY FUN!!! ))) Follow @Carnival_COLORGASM ® to see MORE ⏩Come for the Fun of it!!! 🎆 🎊 🎇 #Colorgasm #ComeForTheFunOfIt #Jouvert #AtlantaCaribbeanCarnival #AtlantaDekalbCarnival #MemorialWeekend #Paint #Powder #WaterParty #PowderFete #PaintParty #Caribbean #Dancehall #Soca #Afrobeat #CaribbeanCarnival #Atlanta #CaribbeanParty #Fun #sexy #AUCjouvert #IglooAtlanta #dance #Carnival #TrinidadCarnival #JamaicaCarnival

Celebrating African Heritage week in the Virgin Islands and what better way to do so by celebrating our national icon: the Mocko Jumbie. Although the origins of this masquerader are debated, it can be traced (and still seen) to West Africa. Mocko Jumbies have changed throughout the decades but in the VI, they remain fully covered for the most part, staying true to their traditional African masquerading origin. They chase away malevolent spirits (Jumbies) and protect the villagers. 🇻🇮🇻🇬❤️ • • • #USVI #VirginIslands #VINice #CaribbeanPride #WestIndian #StThomas #Island360 #IslandLife #VIMassive #usvinice #USVirginIslands #BVI #BritishVirginIslands #VIStrong #Tortola #Paradise #VIstrong #usvistrong #bvistrong #Caribbeanculture #WestIndian #WestIndianCulture #VITilIDie #AfroCaribbean #calypso #Soca #CaribbeanMusic #CaribbeanCarnival #MockoJumbie #Mokojumbie

A Moko Jumbie I spotted on my travels. They arrived in the Caribbean after walking across the Atlantic on stilts from West Africa, so they say... #mokojumbie #caribbean #westafrican #trinidad #tobago #africa #atlanticocean

Moko Jumbie is a West African tradition brought to the Caribbean by slaves; today it's a celebration of freedom! 🕺 👉🏾 @inthenow_insta #repost #inthenow #Africa #african #dance #dancing #traditional #dancingonstilts #mokojumbie #caribbean #culture