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Dance of The Ancestors: Ritual, Chants, Drumming & Movement

Virtual Event

This is the closing event in the Black Heritage Trail of NH’s Juneteenth Celebration.For many West Africa cultures, ancestor veneration often takes the form of a masquerade. When the masquerade appears, a portal between the seen and unseen world opens, allowing the spirits of the ancestors to descend to the earthly realm. During the masquerade dance, blessing, guidance, and healing for the living are dispensed to individuals and the community as a whole.

For this closing event, live streaming from the Portsmouth African Burying Ground, Chief Wándé Abímbọ́lá, a Yoruba Babalowo and the Àwísẹ Awo Àgbàyé (Voice of Ifa in the World), Chief Oscar Mokeme from the Nmuo Society, and members from Akwaaba Ensemble will honor the ancestors through rituals, chants, African drumming and dance.

This event will be Live Streamed on:

For more information, visit http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/2021-juneteenth-celebration/