Wanaragua: Garífuna Masked Warrior Dance
  Garífuna townspeople of Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras perform the masked warrior dance known as the Wanaragua. Credit: Drew Irwin, Incorpore Cultural Association©.
 
by: Alejandro Tosatti, Sociologist
InCorpore Cultural Association


What is the Wanaragua dance?

The Wanaragua dance, also known as Máscaro in Spanish, is a dance of warlike origin. It is commonly performed during Garífuna Christmas festivities and patron saint celebrations. This dance is characterized by strong knee and open arm movements. The dancer grabs and shakes the ribbons dangling from his headdress. This is a very flashy dance that requires a great deal of skill and energy. It is accompanied by two drums and shells that are tied to the dancer's knees.

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Credit: Compiled by Alejandro Tosatti, InCorpore Cultural Association©. Based on interviews with Garífuna community members, Junior Clother, Santos Guzmán, Natividad Roches, Purificación Arriola López; Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras, July 1998. All rights reserved. Edited and translated by Kristina Stevens, Latin American Studies, Stanford University, 2/1/00.