The festival is part of a year-long series of events titled “Protest Garden: Historical Resistance and Radical Cultivation in Brooklyn.”
More than 200 visitors gathered in East Flatbush on Saturday to celebrate the culture and spirituality of Haiti, and pay tribute to one of the country’s most sacred sites, Lakou Soukri Danache, as part of Wyckoff House Museum’s annual Festival Minokan.
Rooted in the Kikongo religious traditions of West Africa, artists celebrated the element of water with sacred art, sand drawings, paintings, quilts and sculptures. Vodou Priestess Sirene Dantor led an ensemble of 24 dancers, drummers and singers dressed in vibrantly colored costumes in a tribute to Haitian spiritual practices.
Song, dance and drumming workshops explored rhythms integral to Vodou religious ritual. Drummers Markus Schwartz and Abou Barka explained the history of the Lakou Soukri for visitors new to the traditions, while dancer Nadia Diudonne taught the audience basic dance moves of the Yati Kongo.
The celebration concluded with a closing ceremony during which visitors gathered around a colorfully crafted altar, overflowing with fruits, wines, Haitian drinks and vegetables grown at the museum’s farm.
Festival Minokan is part of Wyckoff Museum’s year-long series of events titled “Protest Garden: Historical Resistance and Radical Cultivation in Brooklyn.”
Sirene Dantor is among five local artists to utilize the museum’s farm, land and its history as a site of colonialism to explore their own experience of activism and resistance. Continue reading