Portraits of people around the world proud of their heritage, showing ethnic and religious pride wearing traditional folk regalia and costumes.  Below: Greek, Korean, Native American, Hindu, Chinese and American African Muslim.

Ethnic pride and tradition in the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration in New York Chinatown,The Year of the Monkey 4713. Dragon and Lion Dancing. Two-weekend celebration in the pan-Asian community. People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don’t have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists.


Head and shoulder portrait of Greek American young woman dress in traditional Greek clothing.
Greek Americans showing their ethnic pride and heritage in the Greek Independence Day Parade in New York City.Greek American wearing authentic traditional Hellenic Folk wear or customs some over a century old.


Portrait of young East Indian American classical dancer with henna hand tattoo at the Annual Diwali (Deepavali) Festival at the South Street Seaport in New York City.The Festival of Lights originated in India to celebrate the joy of living. The triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.



Korean American showing her ethnic pride, culture and heritage in the Annual Korean Harvest Parade in New York City. She is wearing traditional folk regalia / costume to when celebrating the harvest.


Portrait of dancer in Danza Mexikah, the image taken before ceremonial dance on the Day of the Dead on the rotunda in the National Museum of the American Indians.
Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzacoatl in Ixachitlan ( Group of the Four Directions – Grupo de las Cuatro Direciones ) for more information: It is “a cultural, spiritual, artistic, political and educational circle made up of community and family members who carry on their ethnic pride and the ancient traditions of native people’s of this continent”.


Head and shoulder portrait of African American Muslim dressed in white clothing and white kufis (skull cap head covering).

Other examples can be found on my website
Photo credit © Joel Gordon 2019—All rights reserved.

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