The French Tomb
An Afro-Haitian dance
Preserved for more than two centuries, the French tumba is a cultural expression that arrived on the island with French landowners who escaped the Haitian revolution with their slaves in 1791. It is distinguished by the dancers' costumes and the style, whose movements follow those of the so-called ballroom dance where women and men move with rhythm, softness and elegance. Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba are the bastions of this dance, declared in 2003 by the UNESCO a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.