10 in HIGH x 8 in WIDE
(25.40 cm HIGH x 20.32 cm WIDE)
Oakland Tribune Collection, Oakland Museum of California, gift of ANG Newspapers

Young girl leading dragon. From notes written on back of photo: "McKinley School -- Chinese Dragon Parade -- Holly Amaya (left) leads the Parade with the Dragon Head." January 30, 1990. (For text of story, see below.) Holly Amaya, smiling and dressed in a long sleeve sweater, stonewashed jeans and athletic shoes, is on the left side of the photo. She is holding up in her right hand one side of the dragon's mouth with a long white fang hanging down. Over the top of her head is what could be one of the dragon's ears. In the center of the photo is a dragon made by children attending McKinley School. The dragon's head has a fierce expression, two large eyes and a long body resembling a white snake with dark dots on the spine and dark lines across the body at intervals. Under the dragon's head two legs clad in long dark trousers and light colored athletic shoes are visible. Behind this person are at least two others under the dragon's body. See below for details. Newspaper story pasted on back of photo: "SCALED DOWN DRAGON, by the Tribune Reporting Staff. "CHINESE NEW YEAR descended upon San Leandro this week, as 58 second-graders dragon-danced through the halls of the McKinley Elementary School in a whirl of color, noise, and laughter. "The draqgon dance, a traditional Chinese celebration fo the lunar New Year holiday was the brainstorm of two teachers, Patty Hayes and Karla Ball, who decided that participting in the rituals of other cultures is much more interesting than merely reading about them. "The children were divided into working groups to create individual sections of the 50-foot long dragon using posterboard, streamers, paper pie plates and just about anything else that could be scrounged up. "Construction of the actual dragon took about a week, Hayes said. "Above, Holly Amaya leads as the serpent's head. Vanessa Jeong guides the dragon with a noisemaker." Fri Feb 2, 1990.

From white file folder Chinese Ameicans

Used: Oakland Tribune

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