Mummers Dancing - Porthole Vignette by Barbara Griffin. This vintage Newfoundland scene is a drawing on fabric of mummers dancing and having fun. It is also called jannying when people dress in strange clothing with their faces covered and go visiting friends for a drink and a laugh.
Although the tradition is now associated with fun and tomfoolery, this hasn’t always been the case. Mummers often carried large sticks or other weapons, and between the and there were a number of reports of violence.