A series of illustrations depicting the use of black face in the British Morris Man tradition. The origins of black face in Border and Lancashire Morris is still debated. Whether it came from Moorish mimicry or the use of coal/soot as disguise and its possible influence on American 19th century minstrelsy. It's place in a modern multi cultural Britain is doubious, with some folk festivals already banning blackface. To avoid controversy while staying true to tradition, some modern day Morris dancers wear partial face paint or masks.