Latest GARIFUNA Language Course To Begin on SATURDAY, September 27th 2014 at CASA YURUMEIN in the BRONX

 

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Bronx, New York — The latest Garifuna Language Course at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx is set to begin on SATURDAY, September 27th 2014.

Taught by Garifuna Language Expert MILTON GUITY, this interactive course in conversational Garifuna is designed to familiarize users with the basics of the Garifuna Language.

Garifuna Language Class at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Language Class at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

The course is ten weeks long and costs $30 (that averages out to $3 a class).  Each class takes place on Saturday afternoons at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx and begins at one in the afternoon.  Each class lasts about two hours and ends at about three in the afternoon.

Milton Guity Sr at the Garifuna Language Class at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Milton Guity Sr at the Garifuna Language Class at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Arufudahati (‘Professor’ or ‘Teacher’ in the Garifuna Language) Milton Güity (from Corozal, Honduras) has taught this Garifuna Language Course at Casa Yurumein since 2009 and has noted that each time he teaches the course, HE learns something new.   He looks forward to seeing Garinagu or non-Garinagu begin to learn the language that has evolved over the course of 218 years.  All are invited.  Again,  this course begins on SATURDAY, September 27th 2014.

Garifuna Language Teacher Milton Guity Sr at 2012 Garifuna American Heritage Day in Albany, New York.  Photo courtesy of nysenate.gov

Garifuna Language Teacher Milton Guity Sr at 2012 Garifuna American Heritage Day in Albany, New York. Photo courtesy of nysenate.gov

Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS Inc”)
874 Prospect Avenue (bet Westchester and E. 161st St)
Second Floor
Bronx, NY 10459
(718) 991-2233
TRAIN: Prospect Avenue Stop on the 2 / 5 Subway Line
BUS: BX 17 Bus

Casa Yurumein is the location of Hondurans Against AIDS Inc, a Garifuna non-profit organization based in the Bronx.  It offers social services to the Black Central American (Garifuna and Non-Garifuna) and Central American population in the Bronx.  Informally known as Casa Yurumein  (“Yurumein House” in Spanish, Yurumein is the Garifuna word for St. Vincent; the ancestral homeland of the Garifuna People), it was housed in a former convent owned by St. Augustine Church in the Bronx since June of 2009.  In the fall of 2012 it moved to it’s new location on Prospect Avenue in the Bronx.

Garifuna Language Class at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Language Class at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Since being founded in 1993, Casa Yurumein essentially evolved into a hub for most things Garifuna in the Bronx.  Not only were Garifuna Arts & Crafts classes for youth held there, but the Miss Garifuna training for Young women taking part in the Miss Garifuna Cultural Pageant took place there.  The Garifuna Language Course takes place there as well.  Not only that, but most Bronx Garifuna organizations from other non-profits to Garifuna Home-Town Associations in the Bronx hold meetings there.  The Executive Director of Hondurans Against AIDS Inc (a.k.a. “Casa Yurumein”) is Mirtha Colon, a Garifuna woman from Trujillo, Honduras.  Mrs. Mirtha Colon is a clinical social worker with a Masters in Social Work.

Below is Video from a Garifuna Language Class in 2012 at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Professor Milton Güity Sr is in the video.

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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Garifuna Language Course at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Language Course at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Notes:

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

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5 thoughts on “Latest GARIFUNA Language Course To Begin on SATURDAY, September 27th 2014 at CASA YURUMEIN in the BRONX

  1. Would you happen to know of any other Garifuna classes in the city that don’t take place on Saturday?

  2. Oh wonderful! I’ll keep checking the site for enrollment dates. Thank you for your response!

  3. I wish I knew about this sooner! This is such a great opportunity. Are the classes held every year around this time?

    • A. Clotter,

      The Garifuna Language Course at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx takes place ten weeks at a time throughout the year. In essence, you have a Fall Session, a Winter Session, a Spring Session and a Summer Session. Seremein luagu babürüha, A. Clotter.

      Au Le,
      Teofilo Colon Jr.

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