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Wanaragua Association of Los Angeles

Wanaragua Association of Los Angeles Vibrant Combination of Music and Movement Celebrates Garifuna Culture and History

Metro Art presents the Wanaragua Association of Los Angeles in a performance of the unique and inspiring Garifuna people’s traditional dance of celebration, Saturday, January 6, 2018 from noon–2 p.m, at Union Station.

Commemorating the Garifuna people’s victory over British colonizers and the prospect of slavery on the island of St. Vincent, the Wanaragua dance tells the story of that 1700s triumph through music and movement.  Participants wear clothing that represents the slave masters, including masks. Accompanied by drums, the dance  will move in a procession through the station.   

For two centuries, the indigenous Carib population of St. Vincent succeeded in resisting European attempts at colonization by retreating to the mountainous, densely forested interior of the island. They were joined by runaway African slaves, forming a unique new culture which combined elements of African and Amerindian heritage. When the Garifuna emigrated from St. Vincent to other parts of the world, they brought the Wanaragua dance and the tradition of performing it over Christmas and the New Year.  Since 1995, The Wanaragua Association of Los Angeles has honored that tradition and performed the dance during the holiday season.

The procession will begin at Union Station’s east portal and culminate at the North Patio, where Association members will discuss this traditional dance.  

Presenter / Producer: Metro Art

Listed Categories
Dance > Ethnic Dance

Event Phone: 213-683-6875

Union Station
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles CA 90012

LA - Central / Downtown

Performance Dates: 1/6/2018
Saturday, 01/06/2018

Performance Times
Noon-2:00 PM

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