National Geographic : 1937 May
A MEXICAN LAND OF LAKES AND LACQUERS 643 WITH MASKS AND CANES, INDIAN DANCERS BECKON THE DEAD TO RETURN One of Mexico's most original fiestas is the Dance of the Viejitos (Old Men) at PAtzcuaro, November 2. Bent backs, short halting steps, and an exaggerated display of gaiety form a lively prelude to midnight serv ices on the "Day of the Dead," when food is placed on graves (page 648). rnotograpns oy relene rlscner CLAY MASKS SMILE BENEATH PANCAKE HATS The Dance of the Old Men is an amusing spectacle, with an air of good humor usually lacking in Indian ceremonials. Serapes are worn in traditional fashion-head through a slit in the blanket.