Florida Folklife Program
Folk Heritage Awards Recipient: Langston Longley
Langston Longley - 2009 Florida Folk Heritage Award
Langston Longley is the leader of the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue, which performs the colorful Bahamian masquerade tradition. Longley had been involved in Junkanoo in the Bahamas, and after settling permanently in Florida, he endeavored to strengthen the state’s Junkanoo tradition by co-founding the group. Longley and the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue educate the public about the array of arts represented by the tradition through workshops and performances at schools, museums, hotels, festivals, and parades. In addition, he has created innovations in Junkanoo costume decoration and construction that not only have been influential in Florida, but have also been adopted by some artists in the Bahamas.