“That I would come into their midst, able to worship these gods in dance, and knowing, …seemed to be of utmost importance to the cult itself—as it was important that I carry the meaning of the true vaudun to my people in that other country.” —Katherine Dunham, Island Possessed
Learn about the life and work of
black dance pioneer, anthropologist, and choreographer, Katherine Dunham.
Eartha Kitt was born 88 years ago today in North, South Carolina. In this 1948 photo, she is shown during her days as a Katherine Dunham dancer performing in Street scene, part of Motivos, choreographed by Ms. Dunham. Photo: Roger Wood, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts