Tezcatlipoca Voladores (Papantla flyers)
I was back for the third time to the Richmond Folk Festival 2014 to witness the Tezcatlipoca Voladores (Papantla flyers) and the first thing I noticed was a lone eagle soaring high above the festival.
The Mayan Sun Dance is performed by five men who scale an 80-foot wooden pole. One man dances and plays the flute on top before the other four, sitting on a square platform, suddenly lunge backwards and spiral to the ground with the support of only a single rope affixed to one leg.
Christopher Columbus witnessed the sun dance in present day Southern Mexico during his fourth voyage in 1502 and is the first European to document the dance.
Instead of Columbus Day, some U.S. cities celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.
The Tezcatlipoca Voladores are from Tajín, Veracruz, Mexico, where this tradition is believed to have originated. They are one of the festival favorites returning to celebrate the Richmond Folk Festival’s 10th anniversary.
Nikon p300 test photos below.
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
The pole was still standing on the 14th to be salvaged on following day.