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The introduction to the production “Festival for the Dead”. The production began with a multimedia sequence projected with live music followed by interviews footage of community members explaining their own connections to the ancestors.

For many…

Eleguá is known as a trickster and his dance represents this quality. Raíces Folkloric Ensemble dancer Nicole Wines interacts with the audience, offering her stick and quickly pulling it away with a laugh.

Raíces Folkloric Ensemble member Nicole Wines performing an Eleguá dance during the ensemble's presentation of "Tale of Two Waters".

Raíces Director and co-founder Francisco G. Gómez gives a historical perspective on the Orishas and Cuban music, between songs in the Raíces Folkloric Ensemble presentation of "Tale of Two Waters".

Eleguá is known for his childlike nature, which explains his love for candy and for playing tricks. Raíces Folkloric Ensemble member Nicole Wines hands out candy as Eleguá during the presentation of "Tale of Two Waters".

Nicole Wines performs a representation of Eleguá at the Elizabeth Public Library with the Raíces Folkloric Ensemble.

Eleguá is the keeper of the crossroads, the messenger between the Orishas and Olofín, the trickster. He is often represented by a child and he is the first Orisha praised and honored in the pantheon, after the ancestors.

As part of the "Tale of Two Waters" production, Raíces Folkloric Ensemble and Raíces Cultural Center Director Francisco G. Gómez explains the historical and cultural background of the traditions being presented and shares stories that help them come…

Raíces Folkloric Ensemble members Nicole Wines and Edward LaPorté performing a song and dance in honor of the ancestors.

Muertos, directly translated to "the dead", or ancestors, play a large role in Cuban spiritual traditions. The ancestors are always honored before any ceremony or celebration for the Orishas begin.

A dance for the dead (or 'muertos'/ancestors). In the Cuban Orisha tradition, homage is paid to the ancestors before any ceremony or celebration begins.

"Tale of Two Waters" is a multimedia and musical presentation tying together the tradition of the Orishas, or forces of nature with the protection of the environment and the earth's ecosystems. During the introductory song honoring the ancestors, a…
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