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Photo - Dominican dancer Margarita Madera between two males wearing folkloric masks

Margarita Madera poses between two Dominican Day Parade participants wearing traditional Dominican carnival costumes.

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1949, Margarita Madera moved to New York City in 1959. Over the years Madera was a dancer, union activist, president and secretary of various Dominican community organizations, and served on the Hispanic Day Parade committee.

Mask-making skills are prized in Dominican culture, and yearly carnival costumes represent folk characters, including the devil. The masks pictured are based on the Dominican Republic's popular La Vega carnival. La Vega masks are highly decorated with feathers and rhinestones, exhibiting grotesque and frightening features such as bulging eyes with bloodshot veins, and fangs.
Identifier: 0920_DSI_MaM_B2F13_920
Language: English
Repository: Dominican Studies Institute, CUNY
Source: Dominican Studies Institute, New York (N.Y.). The Margarita Madera Collection, ca. 1970-2003. Box 2, Folder 13.
Rights: This record is not part of the New York State Archives' collection and is presented on our project partner's behalf for educational use only. Please contact the home repository for information on copyright and reproductions.
Alternate Identifier: DMS ID Number: 161514
Relation: Is format of: Digital representation of 4 x 6" color photograph.
Special Project: Ventana al Pasado/Window on the Past

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