Garífuna's love of dance is legendary and deep-rooted in their
history. During times of enslavement, dance allowed their ancestors to
reaffirm their African heritage and to experience a momentary liberation
from bondage. For the Garinagu today, dance still serves as an instrument
to reclaim their cultural identity and to strengthen their community relations.
It acts as a psychological
release for a people who continue to be oppressed. But it is also a celebration
of past victories and historical triumphs, which gives courage to the
living in their daily struggles. It is performed at sacred rituals to
commemorate Garífuna ancestors and to cure the sick. Dance also
erupts spontaneously in the day-to-day chores of carrying goods, scaling
fish, or building houses. It makes work more pleasurable and adds joy
to social gatherings and holidays.
|Watch the explosive punta dance! Discover why punta means "new life!"||See the captivating Wanaragua dance! Hear the legend of the masked warrior!|
the Dance with the Spirits, a theatrical ceremony
based on the sacred dugü ritual!
||Meet Popo, a Garifuna dance troupe director!|