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Celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day November 12, 2009

Posted by San Pedro Sun in Community, Entertainment.
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November is here and the yellow, black and white flag is being waved across the country. It is the month that we celebrate the Garifuna culture and heritage as part of the Garifuna Settlement Day activities. Having settled in our country in 1832, the Garifuna have incorporated themselves beautifully in this, our melting pot of cultures. Not only have the incorporated themselves but through their beliefs and music, have transcended our country into a new level of cultural pride. Andy Palacio allowed the Garifuna beats to shine brightly and proudly worldwide and although his time was cut much too short, his legacy continues to live on, not only in his music but through the love of our country and his culture. His music evokes the culture we so proudly celebrate in this month of November.

    November 19th marks the arrival of the Garifuna people to Dangriga. The Garifuna are a people produced from the merging of two cultures. The history goes that two slave ships were shipwrecked in the Caribbean near the island of St. Vincent. The slaves escaped the sinking boat and reached the shores of the island, where they were welcomed by the Caribs, who offered their protection. Their intermarriage formed the Garifuna people. The Garifuna adopted the Carib language but kept their African musical and religious traditions.

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1. beinggarifuna - February 16, 2010

Wish I could have been there…


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