Face Paint – Historical References

Following on from the broadcast email letter to members ‘Calling time on full face black makeup’, on 3rd July 2020, here are some of the frequently asked questions from members.

See all our Face Paint pages:

Some historical references to face paint in dancing

The tradition may not be what you think it is.  There are many papers that link American Minstrelsy with UK folk traditions.

For short reads:

Powderkegs Border Morris
Powderkegs Border Morris

For medium length reads:

For longer reads, including Border, Coconut dancing and Mumming, see:


If you have any questions, or anything at all you wish to discuss with us on this topic, please email us at  feedback@morrisfed.org.uk.

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