Thursday, April 2, 2009

high-wire men of dagestan

today i also saw some old ethnographic film of dagestani high wire performers on Russia's Arabic TV channel, online. the clips were intermixed with contemporary scenes of people training in a small town in the caucasus mountains. this program was apparently part of Russia's propaganda aimed at Muslim nations which blame it for the bloodshed in Chechnya. Dagestan is right next to Chechnya, I think. It was a beautiful program. At the end an old man, presumably once a performer, dons a horse costume. The horse takes money in its mouth and, i think, goes on the high wire.

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