2015 Miss GARIFUNA USA Cultural Pageant To Take Place on SUNDAY, April 26th 2015 in Harlem

 

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Harlem, New York — The 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant as presented by Garifuna non-profit organization, Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. Hondurans Against AIDS, Inc) will take place on SUNDAY, April 26th 2015 at Riverside State Park in Harlem.  It is scheduled to begin at 5pm.

Tickets are $12 for Adults and $5 For Children Under 10 years old.  Tickets can be purchased via Garifuna non-profit organization, Casa Yurumein in the Bronx or from the Contestants themselves.  Due to restrictions from the venue, Riverbank State Park,Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.  You CANNOT Buy Tickets at the Door.

Those interested in buying tickets can purchase them at Casa Yurumein or from the contestants themselves.   People can call the following phone numbers to buy tickets.  (718) 213-5439. (646) 506-2533. (646) 374-6623.

Riverbank State Park in Harlem, where the 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will take place.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Riverbank State Park in Harlem, where the 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will take place. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

This contest is in it’s Ninth Year of Existence and is by far the most popular Garifuna commercial cultural event in New York City. The winner of last year’s 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant is ERIN ARZU, from Dangriga, Belize.   Tickets for the 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will cost $12 for Adults, $5 For Children 10 years old.

Dancer of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York peeks inside to get a look at the audience at the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Dancer of The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York peeks inside to get a look at the audience at the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Tickets MUST be purchased in Advance.  Tickets will NOT be sold at Riverside State Park.  Tickets can be bought at Casa Yurumein in the Bronx, who are presenting this event.  1

Some of the audience at the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Some of the audience at the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

The 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will feature contestants who along with spoken introductions, will mime various aspects of Garifuna culture as part of this Cultural Pageant.  They each represent the native towns and countries they and / or their parents are from.

Readers should also note that this cultural event is the culmination of the  efforts made to Garifuna-nize young Garifuna American women as each participant becomes soaked in aspects of Garifuna culture as part of their preparation to compete in this unique cultural pageant.

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These young Garifuna American ladies learn about the Garifuna Language, Garifuna Food (preparing hudutu), Garifuna Clothing, Garifuna Customs, Garifuna History, etc as part of their Garifuna-nization process.  They are also subject to lectures regarding Garifuna Spirituality, Garifuna Music as well as Workshops on Public Speaking and properly Presenting yourself in Public and the Workplace.

Miss Garifuna USA 2013 Yanira Flores leads 2014 Miss Garifuna USA contestants into the venue.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Miss Garifuna USA 2013 Yanira Flores leads 2014 Miss Garifuna USA contestants into the venue. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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-zising these young women is a creative alternative.

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Participants in this year’s 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant include (Towns they are representing are included in parenthesis):

2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will take place on SUNDAY, April 26th 2015 in Harlem.

2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will take place on SUNDAY, April 26th 2015 in Harlem.

Sophia Alvarez (Livingston, “La Buga” Guatemala)

Adis Castillo (Trujillo, Honduras)

Aries Cayetano (Puerto Barrios, Guatemala)

Kaily Colon (Bajamar, Honduras)

Kiara David (Masca, Honduras)

Lourdes Lopez (Santa Fe, Honduras)

Marjory Martinez (Corozal, Honduras)

Vicky Mejia (Sambo Creek, Honduras)

Isis Solano (San Juan, Honduras)

2013 Miss Garifuna USA Yanira Flores and the contestants of the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

2013 Miss Garifuna USA Yanira Flores and the contestants of the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

The 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will also include cultural performances by local Garifuna artists.   Performing LIVE at The 2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will be:

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York

Budari Dance Company

Paula Castillo

Yurumein New Generation

Riverbank Park is located in Harlem,  It’s address is:

Riverbank Park

679 Riverside Drive (@ W. 145th Street)

Harlem, New York

(1 or 9 Train to W. 145th Street)

(BX 19 Bus to Last Stop in Manhattan Inside The Park)

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2013 Miss Garifuna USA Yanira Flores and the contestants of the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

2013 Miss Garifuna USA Yanira Flores and the contestants of the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Tickets can be purchased via Garifuna non-profit organization, Casa Yurumein in the Bronx.  Again, due to restrictions from the venue, Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.  Below is a photo of the winner of the 2014 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant, ERIN ARZU.  She is from Dangriga, Belize.

2014 Miss Garifuna USA Contestant, Erin Arzu.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

2014 Miss Garifuna USA Contestant, Erin Arzu. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Those interested in buying tickets can purchase them at Casa Yurumein or from the contestants themselves.   People can call the following phone numbers to buy tickets.  (718) 213-5439. (646) 506-2533. (646) 374-6623.

2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will take place on SUNDAY, April 26th 2015 in Harlem.  Tickets MUST be bought in ADVANCE.

2015 Miss Garifuna USA Cultural Pageant will take place on SUNDAY, April 26th 2015 in Harlem. Tickets MUST be bought in ADVANCE.

If you find the BEING GARIFUNA Website helpful and useful, please DONATE.  Every dollar donated helps keep this website in operation.  Donations are accepted via the PAYPAL website so your potential donations are SAFE and SECURE.

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.    2

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 Garifuna Language Course takes place there as well.  Not only that, but most Bronx Garifuna organizations from other non-profits to Garifuna Hometown Associations in the Bronx hold meetings there.

Recently, most town-hall type meetings regarding the immigration surge crisis as well as related issues of interest to Garinagu have been held there.  The Executive Director of Hondurans Against AIDS Inc (a.k.a. “Casa Yurumein”) is Mirtha Colon, a Garifuna Woman from Trujillo, Honduras.,  Miss Mirtha Colon is a clinical social worker with a Masters in Social Work.  3

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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Notes:

  1. http://www.casayurumein.com/index.html
  2. http://www.casayurumein.com/index.html
  3. http://www.casayurumein.com/board-and-staff.html

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