Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Garifuna


On Saturday I attended La Casita at Lincoln Center where various artists performed. The performance that stood out to me most was the Garifuna band. Garifuna people are:

"Afro Caribbean people of mixed Amerindian and African descent. They are a resilient people who suffered many historical injustices from the slave trade to exile, and who fiercely resisted 150 years of European imperialism. They are a migratory people who live across the world today. Most of all, the Garinagu are a people with a rich ancestral culture who are fighting to maintain their traditional practices, beliefs, and artistic expressions."




Before the group performed they gave a little bit of their people's history. I thought it was interesting that the Garifuna people have been able to keep their African heritage alive and celebrated while living in various Latin American countries.

In situations that I am aware of (meaning I know I need to do research) slaves that were taken to or ended up in the Caribbean and Latin American countries assimilated to that country. And their African customs may have become deluded (but not forgotten) as years pasted. I think that's why I was so fascinated with the Garifuna people's story.



"Today the Garifuna live primarily in Central America. They live along the Caribbean Coast in BelizeGuatemalaNicaragua, and Honduras including the mainland, and on the island of Roatán. There are also diaspora communities of Garifuna in the United States, particularly in Los AngelesMiami,New York, and other major cities." -Wikipedia









I wasn't able to take video of the Garifuna performance on Saturday because it was raining, but click HERE for additional info on the Garifuna people and the group that performs throughout NYC.

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