Maria Champion Dervish Dancer

Description:
This photo was among my grandfather's things. His mother, Julia May Starling, was an actress, and I suspect she was a fan of this woman. My first thought was that they are one and the same, but I cannot tell for sure.
Date & Place: in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California United States
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Updated Aug 25, 2015

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Comments

Rosalie Smith
Is dervish like belly dancer? Or some kind of ritual/tribal thing? seriously IDK, but I love the dress...:D
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Sarah Shell
It's a Sufi Muslim religious practice, to attain a state of enlightenment.
Aug 25, 2015 ·
Donna Maddix
Beautiful photo
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Helen Maly Madanat
Gypsy.
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Jayme Woolam
Jo Woolam, makes me think of you πŸ˜‰
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Ed Tily
Lorna Fletcher how's this for a wonderful picture!
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Rik Schmidt
Bridget Schickel, Garnett L. Myers
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Garnett L. Myers
Omg!!! Love it!!! And in California. I wanna go there.
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Lorna Fletcher
Unfortunately Ed Tily, whirling just makes me feel ill, rather than taking me to a place of ecstasy lol
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Ed Tily
But she looks amazing doesn't she xx
Aug 25, 2015 ·
Lorna Fletcher
Yes she does :-) are you trying to give me costume ideas? Because I don't need any more encouragement haha x
Aug 25, 2015 ·
Ed Tily
Well, I love the clothes you make, so yes - any encouragement means nice pictures going up at some point πŸ˜„ xx
Aug 25, 2015 ·
Judy Dillon
Would love to know her life story. Thank you for sharing the picture.
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Christie A Haney
Love it
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Carroll Rossi
What year was this picture taken ?
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Magdalena ChaΕ‚upka
Wow, she looks like Polish singer Kayah in this picture!
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Alisa Murphy
Beautiful!
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Carol Wheeler
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Bridget Schickel
Love it
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Bridget Schickel
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Charly Carrillo
I just love these vintage pic it's so beautiful πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Kathleen Glenn
She looks a lot like grandma Bartow. Maybe Jackie could post the picture that she looks like her in if she has them with her.
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Peg Klug
Love
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Karen Mills
I did not think females were dervishes
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Deborah Pierce
Gorgeous!
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Frank High
No technology back then, so slow paced.
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Maureen Trant
A Whirling Dervish?
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Conceição Silva
So lovely
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Paola Smemorata De Falchi
Vale Affa... ho pensato a te...
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Melissa Gordner
That's beautiful...
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Ronny R. Alders
Very nice! Elegant and stylish!
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Vale Affa
grazie :) adoro
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Mary Crestani Silantyev
Her costume certainly looks like a national dress. Don't know where from. Any suggestions?
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Joan Robertson
The dervishes were actually male dancers.
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Noreene Bailey-Treece
My thought too. Only recently have they allowed female dancers and not dressed like this.
Aug 25, 2015 ·
Shakira Piccione Plummer
I think she looks cool
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Carolyn Hornbeck
I thought only men were Dervish dancers. I have to search more on that.
Aug 25, 2015 · Reply
Connie C Morgan
Well, I THOUGHT the one above sure looked like a man! Whew!
Aug 26, 2015 · Reply
Carolyn Hornbeck
"Women were received into a tariqa order by a male sheikh, but traditionally were instructed to practice the dhikr alone or with an established branch of females within a specific order. Sufi whirling, a worship of dhikr, became a gender and cla** neutral practice throughout the Central Islamic region." ~Wikipedia
Aug 26, 2015 · Reply
Cecilia Robbins
Love her costume
Aug 26, 2015 · Reply
Kathy Green
Maria, you are fabulous!
Aug 26, 2015 · Reply
Norma Cardoza
Love the pic. .I wish I could've seen her dance. .
Aug 26, 2015 · Reply
Deb Adams
Cla**y for them then.... awesome
Sep 09, 2015 · Reply
Carroll Rossi
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Isn't she Maria,The Whirling Dervish Champion?
Sep 16, 2015 · Reply
Sharon Marangoni
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Is that a real person? I was not sure if Maria was a real person, or if my g-g grandmother was playing the part of Maria in a play.....
Sep 17, 2015 · Reply
Gabby Smith
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Dear Sharon, Came across this photo. There were Dervish dancers for the Midwinter Exposition 1894 in San Francisco. This is likely where the photo comes from.
Jun 05, 2016 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Great find Gabby! How'd you discover that this is from the Midwinter Expo 1894 San Francisco? Well done!
Jun 06, 2016 · Reply
Gabby Smith
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This event featured belly dancers and other type female performers in Golden Gate Park. If you go to [external link] and look under their midwinter exposition you will see similar photos. Also, you tube has some examples of their performances [external link] . Sharon, is lucky to have such a photo. Hope this helps.
Jul 02, 2016 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Thank you Gabby for the great resources. Love the belly dancing video copyrighted by Thomas Edison in 1898.
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