on Garífuna Punta Dance
pounding of the drums and
shaking of the hips, punta is
perhaps the most popular Garífuna dance today. 'Punta
rock' musicians have tuned their electric guitars to traditional punta
music and brought to life dance clubs
in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities. Punta,
however, was traditionally a ritual dance peformed at first-
and ninth-night wake ceremonies. It is a
legacy of the Yoruba tribes of West Africa.
|Popo (left), Garífuna Dance Troupe Director.||Wendy, Staff Writer, Honduras this Week (not pictured).|
sociologist (not pictured).
||Andony, Cultural Anthropologist (not pictured).|
|Note: a small-scale anthropological survey of punta dance was administered to Garífuna cultural anthropologists, sociologists, and punta dancers in California and New York. This study was developed by Master's student in Latin American Studies, Kristina Stevens under the direction of Susan Cashion, Chair of the Stanford Division of Dance. Adebisi and Andony's writings are a response to this fall '99 survey.||
Garífuna World Music Shop (to buy punta music online).
Music Information Center (links to punta musicians).
Outta griga dang (Punta goes global), Barbara Noralez.
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