Welcome To The Magical World Of International Stilt-Walkers

August 11, 2014 1:17 PM

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Welcome To The Magical World Of International Stilt-Walkers

Welcome to the world of the moko jumbies, the guardians of a stilt-walking tradition that originated in West Africa and migrated to the Caribbean hundreds of years ago. Their talents have been seen at Carnival celebrations in places like Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as contemporary heritage events celebrating African and African-Caribbean culture in the United States.

You know the moko jumbies when you see them -- whether they're dressed in oversized zoot suits or adorned with vibrant tapestry-like robes, they travel via massive stilts, reaching up into the heavens at heights of 17 feet tall.

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