I'm Puerto Rican. Like any other heritage, Puerto Ricans are VERY proud but also very connected to their roots. It is something almost inevitable. Our roots consist of Spanish, African, & Taino. I remember being very young & wearing a head scarf. I actually posted a Carol's Daughter (@carolsdaughter) video on my Instagram a few weeks ago of me wearing a head scarf when I was only a toddler. It's how I was raised. Wearing one is a protective style for so many people. It's part of who I am. Thank you for this beautiful Bumble and Bumble headscarf, @curlpop_n_hair (on IG) 💞💖💕. With that said, here is a little history behind the headscarf in the Puerto Rican Culture and one of their traditional dresses often seen in what is referred to as "bomba", a traditional dance, according to umich.edu.
Bomba is a dialogue between the dancer and drummer. It starts with a female soloist called called "laina" who sings a phrase evoking a primitive call. The drummer plays a rhythm and the dancer responds in a "freestyle" manner while swishing their skirts around. Men usually wear all white and fedora hat and women wear plantation shirts and a head scarf. Men and women both participated in this dance, but do not dance in a partner form or touch at all. After the abolition of slavery, in 1873, the free slaves and their descendants followed the tradition of La Bomba as a social activity. It eventually went from a dance of the slaves to a dance adopted by popular and upper classes. But there was still a rift between lower and upper classes. At least until the 1840’s, the island’s dances were divided into two types: one known as the bailes de sociedad , or high society, which consisted of adaptations of polkas, waltzes, and other European dances, and the bailes de garabuto, the popular dances.
To know your history is to know your future. Embrace the pain, the struggle, and the beauty and strive to make a positive difference in this very harsh world.