Latest GARIFUNA Language Course To Begin on SATURDAY, February 7th 2015 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, February 7th 2015.



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.

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.

The course is eight weeks long and costs $40.  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.  There’s also another class that takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm.  This class is for those who are not available on Saturday afternoons.

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.


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, February 7th 2015.

 

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 are Garifuna Arts & Crafts classes for youth held there, but the Miss Garifuna training for Young women taking part in the Annual Miss Garifuna Cultural Pageant takes 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, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.  Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Latest GARIFUNA Language Course To Begin on SATURDAY, February 7th 2015 at CASA YURUMEIN in the BRONX

  1. We would like to know if you have any Garífuna clases starting in Casa Yurumein this summer?

    • Lilly Cares,

      The FREE Garifuna Language Course at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx takes place throughout the year. They are taking place now on Saturday afternoons (approximately from 1pm to 3pm) and should also be taking place over the summer.

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