National Geographic : 1958 Sep
A Nation Reborn Dances Welcome to the Harvest Crisscrossing Poland for more than a month, the authors met a heart-warming welcome among a people living under a Communist regime but eager to renew their traditional friendship with the United States. Here some 2,000 performers in native costumes gather at Warsaw to symbolize the nation's exuber ance at harvest time. A crowd of 70,000 fills the Tenth Anniversary Stadium, completed in 1955 to commemorate a decade of free dom from Nazi rule. Poland's red-and-white colors fly between Communist banners above the stands. Three-headed grain demon with beribboned hair and beards of straw represents a threat to plentiful crops. Tradition re quired harvesters to chase away evil spirits or bribe them with 356 the crop's first handfuls of grain.