Minaadendamowin (Respect) Entourage
The Entourage is a supporting group of individuals who have played a significant role throughout the process of making the Ring of Fire, from constructing costumes, to creating the music to devising the choreographic movement language used during the procession itself. Each member of Respect’s Entourage where a mask, made of vacuum form plastic with uniquely pattered shapes, finishes, and laser cut embellishments evoke the buffalo horn and, through the use of positive and negative shapes reciprocally relate to other patterns, symbols, and iconographic elements of all players who comprise Respect in the procession.
Here are a selection of Marlon Griffith’s initial sketches, artistic renderings, technical drawings, and images of the design process and creation of the costumes for Courage’s Entourage. Respect’s Entourage has a strong, simple design and can be read as an insignia. This group has earned their stripes, like military badges. Their outfits are made of cotton, which have been specifically designed and hand-stitched. Their faces are covered by an arrow like chevron shape in auto-tinted Plexi-Glass that carries the symbol of the Buffalo horn through this entire band of marchers.