National Geographic : 1937 Mar
Photograph byBodil Christensen LIKE AN ANIMATED STATUE ON A TOWERING PEDESTAL, A FLYER DANCES HIGH ABOVE PAHUATLAN'S RED TILE ROOFS His fellow performers cluster below on the frame. The pine mast usually rots or warps after about three years of use.Then more than 100 Indians drag another down from the mountains over a narrow path. To make the new pole strong, a live turkey, chocolate, cigarettes, and other offerings are put inthe deep hole where the butt is buried. The flying pole dance is performed at fiestas such as the Corpus Christi festival. Numerous accidents have caused ittobebanned insome communities.