Press (Media Mentions)

Teofilo Colon Jr (a.k.a. "Tio Teo" or "Teofilo Campeon") at the 2011 International Honduran and Central American Parade in the Bronx. Photo by Carlos Gamboa.

Teofilo Colon Jr (a.k.a. “Tio Teo” or “Teofilo Campeon”) at the 2011 International Honduran and Central American Parade in the Bronx. Photo by Carlos Gamboa.

 

 

Being Garifuna and it’s founder, Teofilo Colon Jr. (a.k.a. “Tio Teo” or “Teofilo Campeon”) were featured in articles in the:

Caribbean Life Newspaper, (August 18th-24th 2010 issue)

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the INDEPENDENT SOURCES Public Affairs tv show (December 2010)

“Just A Dream” Episode

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The New York Daily News.  (November 14th 2011)

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NY1 News Story on Maintaining Garifuna Language (July 15th 2016)

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NY1 Noticias historia sobre manteniendo el idioma Garifuna (15 de Julio, 2016)

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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.

 

The Garifuna people 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 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 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. Nancie L Gonzalez, “Sojourners of The Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pgs 21-23

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