Introduction Of The Candidates For The Crown of 2015 MISS GARIFUNA USA To The Public To Take Place In The Bronx on SUNDAY, March 1st 2015

 

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Bronx, New York — The Introduction of the Candidates for the Crown of 2015 Miss GARIFUNA USA to the General Public will take place in the Bronx on SUNDAY, March 1st 2015 at 3pm.

Garifuna American ERIN ARZU being crowned 2014 Miss Garifuna USA.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna American ERIN ARZU being crowned 2014 Miss Garifuna USA. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

As presented by Garifuna Non-Profit Organization Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. Hondurans Against AIDS Inc), this annual presentation is the formal introduction of the girls in the running for the crown of Miss Garifuna USA to the general public.

2013 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant Contestants.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

2013 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant Contestants. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

This annual festive presentation generally features cultural presentations (music and/or dancing) by local Garifuna or Central American artists, and each of the young ladies in the running for the crown of Miss Garifuna Cultural Pageant USA introducing themselves to the audience in attendance.  In their introduction, each candidate greets the audience, gives their name, the Garifuna community they are representing and a little information about themselves and their family.

Audience at 2013 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Audience at 2013 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

As of today, the towns (most are Garifuna towns/villages) represented by the candidates include:

Bajamar, Honduras

San Juan, Honduras

Livingston, Guatemala

Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Corozal, Honduras

Masca, Honduras

Sambo Creek, Honduras

Santa Fe, Honduras

Trujillo, Honduras

The actual NINTH Annual 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant is scheduled to take place on SUNDAY, April 26th 2015 in New York City.  Below is a photo of a portion of the audience at the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant.

SOME of the Audience of The 2014 Miss Garifuna Cultural Pageant.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

SOME of the Audience of The 2014 Miss Garifuna Cultural Pageant. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Artists scheduled to perform at this event include:

Paula Castillo

Tulio Laboriel

Karla Rochez

Shailine

Pablo Garcia

Ruben Guity

Don Cuellar

Marcony Star

Garifuna Parranda Jazz Band

Readers should also note that this event marks the beginning of the process of Garifuna-nization of young Garifuna American women as each participant in this process becomes soaked in aspects of Garifuna culture as part of their preparation to compete in this unique cultural pageant.

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As a part of this process, these young ladies learn a bit of the Garifuna Language and are also taught various aspects of Garifuna culture (dance, food, history, etc) as they are all quizzed about aspects of Garifuna culture in the Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant.  In many instances, these young Garifuna women (who are mostly born and raised in the United States) are NOT well-versed in aspects of Garifuna culture due to American acculturation and assimilation so this approach to Garifuna-nizing these young women is a creative alternative.

This Presentation will take place on SUNDAY, March 1st 2015 at:

MS 223

The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology

360 East 145th Street  (Between 3rd Avenue and Willis Avenue)

Bronx, New York 10454

Subway: 2 or 5 Train to 149th St / 3rd Avenue Subway Stop in the Bronx

Tickets are $12 for Adults and $5 for Children Under the Age of 12.

To Buy Tickets, Please call: (718) 213-5439.

Introduction of the Candidates for the Crown of 2015 Miss Garifuna USA To The Public To Take Place in the Bronx on SUNDAY, March 1st 2015.

Introduction of the Candidates for the Crown of 2015 Miss Garifuna USA To The Public To Take Place in the Bronx on SUNDAY, March 1st 2015.

Below is video from the Introduction of The Candidates of the Crown for 2014 Miss Garifuna USA to the General Public.

About CASA YURUMEIN

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.    1

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.  2

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.  3

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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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Introduction of the Candidates for the Crown of 2015 Miss Garifuna USA To The Public To Take Place in the Bronx on SUNDAY, March 1st 2015.

Introduction of the Candidates for the Crown of 2015 Miss Garifuna USA To The Public To Take Place in the Bronx on SUNDAY, March 1st 2015.

 

Notes:

  1. http://www.casayurumein.com/index.html
  2. http://www.casayurumein.com/board-and-staff.html
  3. Nancie L Gonzalez, “Sojourners of The Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pgs 21-23

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