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Play, Jankunú Play - The Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual of Belize

Directed by Oliver N Greene Jr | 2006 | 45 min | English | NR

The Garifuna are a Central American people of West African and Native American descent. One of their most popular rituals is wanaragua, a three-fold system of masked Christmas processionals commonly called Jankunú. This ritual is a unique blend of African, European, and Native American (Arawak and Carib) art traditions in which social and cultural identities are expressed through music, dance, and costume. As dancers adorn themselves in colorful regalia to mimic past foreign oppressors they symbolically affirm their identity. They perform stylized movements to the accompaniment of drums and social commentary songs composed by men. Descriptions of the three processions and dance styles are interspersed with interviews by Garifuna singers, drummers, dancers, cultural advocates, and scholars on the significance of rituals.

Rare footage of wárini, the now extinct ritual that is the Africanized predecessor to wanaragua, is accompanied by commentary on the significance of the ritual. Images of similar processionals in other locations include photos of Masquerade in St. Kitts-Nevis, Gombey in Bermuda, Jonkonnu in Jamaica, John Kuner (now extinct) in North Carolina, Junkanoo in the Bahamas, and Fancy Dress in Cape Coast, Ghana. Also included are photographs and footage of wanaragua as performed by Garifuna from Guatemala and Honduras with oral accounts explaining why costumes in these countries differ from those traditionally worn in Belize.

Play, Jankunú Play: The Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual in Belize, places the viewer within the context of the Garifuna world at Christmas where music, dance, and art reflect the past to empower the future.

Introductory Talk by José Francisco Ávila, Chairman of The Board, Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., and Managing Member of Garifuna Afro-Latino Entertainment Limited Liability Company. He oversees Garifuna Afro-Latino's global entertainment businesses, including Garifuna Music Group, Garifuna Music Publishing Group and Gollywood (Garifuna Cinema), which includes motion picture, television and digital content production and distribution.

About the filmmaker: Dr. Oliver N. Greene, Jr., a native of LaGrange, GA, is an associate professor of music at Georgia State University where he teaches courses on traditional world music, the popular music of select countries and carnival traditions of the Americas, and has produced numerous world music shows.

Caribbean Connections is a bi-monthly program at the Mid-Manhattan Library celebrating the history and culture of Caribbean people in our city and around the world. Explore their myriad contributions in the performing and visual arts, literature, sports, politics and government, history, medicine, religion, entertainment, cinema, and much more.

#Garifuna #music #Belize #AfroLatina #Festivals #culture #Bronx

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