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<p>James Lovell wants to preserve the Garifuna language of Belize. </p>

James Lovell wants to preserve the Garifuna language of Belize.

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7 ways to interact with Garífuna culture in Belize

Drums -- both playing and making them -- are the heart of Garifuna culture

Drumming on the beach, moving in time with junkanu dancers and eating heaping plates of mashed plantain soaked in coconut stew -- more than likely these aren't the experiences you imagine while planning a trip to Belize.

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Smithsonian Folk Life Festival features Garifuna music

The 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins Wednesday, June 26 and unlike previous years where themes have varied, this year’s cultural gathering will focus on several programs including “The One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage Program.”