The Joaldunak from Head to Toe | Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Our Joaldunak have just come back from the states – an incredible trip for some of them who have never even left The Basque Country or Spain before. Here Lazaro talks about the symbolism behind the Joaldunaks’ dress, bells and horns etc. Welcome home boys (they will be visiting and blessing my house in our hamlet of Ameztia in a couple of months time) as always, an absolute honour and a very moving experience.

The Joaldunak from Head to Toe | Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Their rhythmic ringing can be heard across the Folklife Festival, and their elaborate dress attracts every smartphone camera. These are the Joaldunak, a Basque procession group that literally translates to “people with bells.” The group has mysterious origins. Even anthropologists haven’t bee

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