GARIFUNA Meeting in BRONX About Conflict Over Ancestral Community Land in Honduras on FRIDAY April 17th 2015

 

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Bronx, New York — The Public is Invited to a Bronx Meeting regarding the Conflict Over Garifuna Ancestral Community Land in Honduras.  As presented by Garifuna non-profit organization, Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS, Inc”), it is scheduled to take place on FRIDAY, April 17th 2015 at 6pm at the headquarters for Casa Yurumein.

Entrance to Garifuna Non-Profit Organization, Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. "Hondurans Against AIDS Inc") in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Entrance to Garifuna Non-Profit Organization, Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS Inc”) in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS, Inc”)

874 Prospect Avenue

Second Floor

Bronx, NY 10459

Subway: 2 or 5 Train to Prospect Avenue Subway Stop

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

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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.  Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

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Entrance to Garifuna Non-Profit Organization, Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. "Hondurans Against AIDS Inc") in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Entrance to Garifuna Non-Profit Organization, Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS Inc”) 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” pgs 21-23

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