The marimba is recognized by the Organization of American States as part of the Cultural Heritage of the Americas. Celebrate the National Day of Marimba with performances by local groups Marimba Maya Awal, Marimba Pequeña Internacional, Marimba Linda Xelajú, and Marimba Princesa Xinabajul.

Named Guatemala’s national instrument in 1978, and an symbol of Guatemalan national identity, the marimba is a large, wooden instrument composed of rows of wooden bars and played with mallets. Traditional marimba music serves as a link to Guatemalan culture for young Guatemalans living in the United States. This program is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Guatemala.


  • Occurs Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


National Museum of the American Indian

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Marielba Alvarez

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