Metro Art Presents: Wanaragua Association of Los Angeles
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12 PM - 2 PM -- Procession beginning in Union Station’s East Portal at 12:00 pm
Join Metro Art in welcoming the Wanaragua Association of Los Angeles - WALA to Union Station for a time-honored Garifuna Wanaragua celebration.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
The group has been performing the Wanaragua dance as part of a long-standing Christmas and New Year tradition since 1995. The origin of this masked dance dates back to the mid-1700s when the Garifuna people inhabited Saint Vincent Island and resisted attacks by British colonizers. The dance reenacts the disguise that the Garífuna warriors utilized as a strategic defense against British forces and celebrates their military victories. For the past 200 years, this cultural dance has been performed throughout the Christmas and New Year season culminating on January 6.
Join us in the New Year as the Wanaragua Association of Los Angeles leads a procession through Union Station. A discussion with Association members about this traditional dance follows the procession.