Garifuna Dance Company to Host Meet-and-Greet BBQ Fundraiser Event in the Bronx on SATURDAY August 27th 2016

 

Bronx, New York — Garifuna Dance Company, The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York are scheduled to host a Meet-and-Greet BBQ Event in the Bronx on SATURDAY, August 27th 2016.

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This event, entitled ‘Chilling and Grillin (Part 2) will feature live drumming, a DJ, Dancing, Food and Drinks.

Meet and Greet BBQ Fundraiser Event with The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York on SATURDAY, August 27th 2016 in the Bronx.

Meet and Greet BBQ Fundraiser Event with The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York on SATURDAY, August 27th 2016 in the Bronx.

DATE:  SATURDAY, August 27th 2016

TIME: 3pm to 9pm

LOCATION: Brook Park (E. 141st Street and Brook Ave)

Bronx, NY

Near the Brook Avenue Subway Stop on the #6 Subway Train.

BUS: BX 33 to E. 138th Street and Brook Avenue

FREE Entrance, Food will be for SALE.

For more information, email jchatoyer@yahoo.com

 

This event is also a great opportunity for those (adults AND children) who do not know as much as they would like to learn more about various aspects of Garifuna culture.  Whether it is the Garifuna Language, Garifuna Dance, Traditional Garifuna songs; it is here at this event where you can meet these talented artists, ask questions and learn something about Garinagu (plural  for Garifuna) in a relaxed, yet festive setting.

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One of three Garifuna American Dance Companies based in New York City, The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York notably became one of the few American based Garifuna American Dance Companies who have performed internationally.  In November of 2013, they performed in Belize for 2013 Belize Garifuna Settlement Day festivities.  They also recently performed at Lincoln Center for their Out-of-Doors Festival in August 2016.

 

and also performed as part of The 2016 International Day of Friendship in Brooklyn.

About The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York

Founded in 2009 by Honduran Garifuna Felix Gamboa Valentin and Honduran Yeny Estrada, the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York showcases Garifuna Dance and Music with the expressed goal of keeping Traditional Garifuna culture alive.  This Garifuna Dance Company is named after St. Vincentian Garifuna Warrior, Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer, who was killed leading resistance against the British in war in 1795.

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 cultural fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.

The Garifuna (then known as The Black Caribs) are noted for not only being the main source of resistance against European expansion into the Lesser Antilles over the course of over 150 years, but also 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.

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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. Subsequently, 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, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami and Boston.  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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