Zwarte Piet

Colour portraits of Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) assistant to Sinta Klaus (Saint Nicholas) in Dutch Christmas story.
In mid November Sinta Klaus arrives by boat in every major Dutch city accompanied by 100’s of Zwarte Piets (predominantly white women and children, blacked-up) who alternate between dancing clowns and menacing baton wielders.
The story originates from 16th century when Spain occupied the territory and had Moorish servants/slaves who would have served Sinta Klaas.
Published by Black Dog, essay by Mieke Bal, 1999
ISBN: 1 901 03386