Backstage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, three Garifuna junkanu dancers from Belize prepare to go on stage to perform to a full audience, on a scorching Saturday afternoon. This year’s festival had a wonderful two-week showcase of the world’s endangered languages and cultures–including the Garifuna culture of Belize.
There were booths, tents and stages set up on the National Mall, hosting a variety of events — Hungarian cooking classes, Garifuna drumming circles, and live traditional dance performances. It was worth all the sweat and exhaustion from being outdoors for over five hours, shooting in ninety-degree weather. More photos to come from the weekend!
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