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Drapo Vodou: Fish

by Reynold Clérisier. Drapo Vodou are spirit flags, beaded icons of Haitian Vodou. I guess this one symbolizes or is in honor of Agwé: he rules over the sea and fish, and “his colours are white, blue and occasionally brown”.

I never knew about Drapo Vodou until I started looking for Haitian art. Like the Haitian language and Vodou itself, these flags are creole, not syncretic (in the usual meaning of a haphazard combination aiming at the lowest common denominator). They’re a unique native art form with parents from Africa, Native America, and Europe. One striking and unexpected aspect: drapo are made by men at least as often as by women; in North America, textile artists are usually female.

Source: Galerie Monnin.

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