Mondayitis – Face Masks

We were made by Baba with all the love and care he could, we are an exact replica of Anacaona at various stages of her life from the time she was an infant like Yeybona and Piragua’s Nahe to the moment of her haircutting ceremony. We share some trepidation of her haircutting, will her head fit us afterwards? We will see when that happens, we’ve been made and have no say in the matter.

Anacaona is now taller than her brother, Bohechío, she will make a fine cacica or chief when the time comes. Her attire for her ceremony has been made by Cyubio and is most radiant.

The day came, the haircutting was due to happen. Bibi wove Anacaona’s hair into a long braid, the haircutting went well with the ceremonial axe wielded perfectly by Matunherí. Anacaona had spent much time preparing a dance with her uncle’s musicians and when the time came they were up to the task, she is most skilled and changed the dance to suit the day they followed her every movement and changed their music to suit.

There were mock fights and a most elaborate ball game for the feast, Anacaona’s haircutting ceremony is very important as it is symbolises her journey to womanhood and as she is to be a cacica it must be done with as much ceremony as possible. Chief Caonabo was among the visitors, he brought some of his most beautiful birds as a gift.

It was a lovely day and we are proud to have been made and used specifically for this day.

Anacaona, Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 by Edwidge Danticat
Anacaona, Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 by Edwidge Danticat