Dread History:
The African Diaspora,
Ethiopianism, and Rastafari

Rastafari Elders at the 1989 Festival of American Folklife

Through the inception and popularity of reggae, the roots of Rastafari have spread throughout the Caribbean, to North American and European metropoles like London, New York, Amsterdam, Toronto, and Washington, D.C., as well as to the African continent itself. Pictured here are Elders from Jamaica participating in a Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife.

photograph by Jake Homiak, Smithsonian Institution