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Collection ID is exactly "1" AND Tradition Bearer is exactly "Fernandez, Emelia, 1935-"
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The Cayo Hueso Comparsa Dancers and Band at the 1991 Florida Folk Festival

The Cayo Hueso Comparsa Dancers and Band at the 1991 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1991-05
Description
Eight color slides. Images of the Cayo Hueso Comparas Dancers and Band at the 1991 Florida Folk Fetsival. The dance troupe (comparsas) was founded by Emelia Fernandez in Key West. Danny Acosta led the band that accompanied the dances. The Cuban dance has African roots, and is usually performed in long conga lines. Dancers dress in elaborate, ruffled outfits. The tradition began in Key West in 1938. Emelia arrived in Florida in 1959.
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The Cayo Hueso Comparsas Dancers

The Cayo Hueso Comparsas Dancers

Date
1990
Description
Four color prints. The dance troupe (comparsas) was founded by Emelia Fernandez in Key West. Danny Acosta led the band that accompanied the dances. The Cuban dance has African roots, and is usually performed in long conga lines. Dancers dress in elaborate, ruffled outfits. The tradition began in Key West in 1938. Emelia herself arrived in Florida in 1959. She and her daughter revived the dance tradition in the early 1990s. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2003.
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The Cayo Hueso Comparsa Dancers and Band at the 1991 Florida Folk FestivalThe Cayo Hueso Comparsa Dancers and Band at the 1991 Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageCuban Americans
Folk dance
Dance music
Dance
Performing arts
Performers
Costumes
Conga (dance)
Dancers
Musical groups
Musicians
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The Cayo Hueso Comparsas DancersThe Cayo Hueso Comparsas DancersStill ImageFieldwork
Children
Teaching of folklore
Body movement
Clothing and dress
Arts, Cuban
Cuban Americans
Comparsa tradition
Dance
Dancers
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