Dance of King Pulanka

Cultural in Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas)

First performed in the late 1800s, the dance of El Rey and La Reina is still performed throughout the Mosquitia. Two groups of dancers wearing 18th-century costumes, representing the king’s allies and enemies, stage a mock battle using arrows, machetes and triki trakas (firearms). The good guys win and there’s traditional food and drink to keep the party going.

The event moves around the many local communities and is also hosted in some of the outer barrios of Bilwi.