John Canoe (Jonkonnu, JonKanoo) Costume, Jamaica, 1837

Source

Isaac Mendes Belisario, Sketches of character, in illustration of the habits, occupation, and costume of the Negro population, in the island of Jamaica: drawn after nature, and in lithography (Kingston, Jamaica: published by the artist, at his residence, 1837-1838).

Description

Captioned, Jaw-Bone, or House John-Canoe, Belisario writes that along with Koo-Koo, or Actor Boy [see image reference Belisario03] this is the most conspicuous of those who annually attract public notice. He dresses in a pseudo military style and in common with the whole John Canoe fraternity, he is always masked with a profusion of dark hair, which is suffered to fall in large wild ringlets over his face and shoulders, giving his appearance an extraordinary and savage air . . . The house is usually constructed of pasteboard and colored papers,

Creator

Belisario, Isaac Mendes

Date Created

1838

Language

English

Rights

Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

Identifier

Belisario05
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