Garifuna Dance Company, The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York To Host Meet-And-Greet BBQ Fundraiser in the Bronx on SATURDAY July 19th 2014.

 

Portrait of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York at the Tribute to Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014.  Photo by Milton Guity.

Portrait of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York at the Tribute to Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity.

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Bronx, New York — Garifuna Dance Company, The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York are scheduled to host a Meet-And-Greet / BBQ Fundraiser Event in the Bronx on SATURDAY July 19th 2014.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York at the Tribute to Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York at the Tribute to Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity.

This event, entitled ‘Chillin and Grillin with CJC’, will feature live drumming, a DJ, Dancing, Food and Drinks.

Entrance is a suggested donation of $5 for all ages.

Foods available include:

Hot Dog $1

Hamburger $2

Cheeseburger $3

Steak with Rice and Beans and Salad.  $10

Chicken with Rice and Beans and Salad $7

Drinks $1 – $7

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DATE:  SATURDAY July 19th 2014

TIME: 3pm to 9pm

LOCATION: Brook Park, E. 141st St and Brook Avenue (near the Brook Ave Subway Stop on the 6 Subway Train).

BUS: BX 33 to E. 138th St and Brook Avenue.

TRAIN: 6 Train to Brook Ave Subway Stop in the Bronx.

For more information, call:

Felix Gamboa: (917) 319-6478

Baeza Guity: (646) 831-1764

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York at the Tribute to Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York at the Tribute to Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York at the Tribute to Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York at the Tribute to Garifuna Ancestors at Orchard Beach in the Bronx in June 2014. Photo by Milton Guity.

This event is also a great opportunity for those (adults AND children) who do not know as much as they would like to learn more about various aspects of Garifuna culture.  Whether it is the Garifuna Language, Garifuna Dance, Traditional Garifuna songs; it is here at this event where you can meet these talented artists, ask questions and learn something about Garinagu (plural  for Garifuna) in a relaxed, yet festive setting.

Founded in 2009, The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York exists to express the dance and music of a people whose language, dance and music was designated an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001.  This Garifuna Dance company is named after Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer, who was the leader of Garifuna (then known as Black Caribs) resistance against European encroachment on Garifuna land on the island of St. Vincent in the late 1700s.

One of three Garifuna American Dance Companies based in New York City, The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York notably became one of the few American based Garifuna American Dance Companies who have performed internationally.  In November of 2013, they performed in Belize for 2013 Belize Garifuna Settlement Day festivities.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York performing in Belize for 2013 Garifuna Settlement Day Festivities.  Photo from Facebook.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York performing in Belize for 2013 Garifuna Settlement Day Festivities. Photo from Facebook.

ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   1

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York performing in Belize for 2013 Garifuna Settlement Day Festivities. Photo from Facebook.

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York performing in Belize for 2013 Garifuna Settlement Day Festivities. Photo from Facebook.

 

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Notes:

  1. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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