Raíces Ensemble and Student Performers: Los Vejigantes de Puerto Rico

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Title

Raíces Ensemble and Student Performers: Los Vejigantes de Puerto Rico

Subject

Afropuertorican
plena
los vejigantes

Description

Performance by the Raíces Cultural Center Ensemble with Raícitas student performers. Sharing the tradition of Los Vejigantes de Puerto Rico with the students at the Greater Brunswick Charter School in New Brunswick. A vejigante is a clown-like character who appears in festival celebrations of Puerto Rico. Traditional colors of the Vejigantes were black, red, white, and yellow. Today, vejigantes wear brightly colored, ornate masks (mascaras) of all colors and a costume with bat-like wings. The word vejigante comes from the words vejiga (bladder) and gigante (giant), due to custom of blowing up and painting cow bladders. Bystanders are often tapped with the bladders during the processional. The masks are often linked to many festivals that continue today, especially in the cities of Loíza and Ponce.

Creator

Vanessa Jones

Date

2009-04-23

Contributor

Francisco G. Gómez
Nicole Wines
Holly Taylor
William Torres

Rights

© Vanessa Jones

Format

jpeg

Language

en

Type

Image

Identifier

20090422losvejigantesresidency5.jpg

Coverage

New Brunswick, NJ

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Digital Image

Physical Dimensions

3484 × 2332

Files

20090422losvejigantesresidency5.jpg

Citation

Vanessa Jones, “Raíces Ensemble and Student Performers: Los Vejigantes de Puerto Rico,” Raíces Cultural Center Digital Archive, accessed January 24, 2022, https://archive.raicesculturalcenter.org/items/show/92.

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