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Traditional Mas Characters - Fancy Sailor


(Photo courtesy the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago)

The Fancy Sailor was an off-shoot of the King Sailor. The fancy sailor costume consists of papier-mâché headpieces, decorated and painted to look like birds, animals or plants. The sailor outfit is decorated with ribbons, medals, braiding, swans down and other embellishments to match the headpieces.

Traditional Mas Characters - Indian Chief

Indian-Chief
Photos and research courtesy the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (CITT).

Indian Chief – Bands of Indians can comprise a warrior chief and his family, a group of chiefs, or a group of warriors.

Traditional Mas Characters - Guarahoon / Wild Indian / Red Indian

Red-Indians
Photos and research courtesy the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (CITT).

Guarahoon / Wild Indian / Red Indian – The oldest examples of Indian Mas. They are based on a peaceful Amerindian tribe from Venezuela called the “Warao”. The costume of the Guarahoon is Red. They have their own specific language.

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