GARIFUNA Women Honored at 2014 BARAUDA AWARDS Gala in the BRONX on SUNDAY October 5th 2014

 

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Bronx, New York — It is Fall and we are in the midst of major fundraising Galas, Dinners, etc.  Garifuna Organization CASA YURUMEIN (a.k.a. Hondurans Against AIDS, Inc) honored Women of Garifuna Descent at their Annual Barauda Awards in the Bronx on SUNDAY, October 5th 2014.

The Barauda Awards honors Women of Garifuna Descent for their efforts and fighting spirit in their communities and organizations.  This Awards Ceremony is named after Barauda, wife of Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer.  While Joseph Chatoyer was polygamous, Barauda is the only wife of his who is identified by name.

Garifuna Women representing the Garifuna Villages, Towns of:

Sofia Calderon (Corozal, Honduras)

Nividia Salmeron (Santa Fe, Honduras)

Martha Gutierrez (San Antonio, Honduras)

Marcia Gomez (Limon, Honduras)

Daysi Suazo (Sambo Creek, Honduras)

Edilia Rochez-Thomas (Rio Tinto, Honduras)

Reina Isabel Valerio (San Juan, Honduras)

Clara Gamboa (Livingston “La Buga”, Guatemala)

Catalina Reyes (Travesia, Honduras)

Lucy Gomez (Bajamar, Honduras)

Eda Centeno (Triunfo De La Cruz, Honduras)

2014 Barauda Awards in the Bronx.

2014 Barauda Awards in the Bronx.

Also Garifuna Women representing the organizations of:

Marcia Gomez (Organizacion of Women from Limon)

Marta Guevara (Aguan Organization)

 Sonia Fernandez (Church of Reverend Sonia Rochez-Fernandez)

Catherine Ochun Soliz-Rey (Hamalali Wagucha Performance Dance Company)

Tania Molina (Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York)

Carmen Miranda (International Honduran and Central American Parade)

Linda M. Lino (Comgarigua)

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Also, the audience was treated to a special performance by Garifuna Musical Group, Libaña Marasa.

This event was co–sponsored by Personal Injury Attorney Mr. Martin Munitz.

I did not receive a full list of the names of the Honorees of the 2014 Barauda Awards by press time.

The 2014 Barauda Awards took place at:

Grand Slam Banquet Hall

478 East Tremont Avenue

Bronx, New York 10457

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

Representatives of Casa Yurumein Marching with 2012 Miss Garifuna Arianna Flores in the 2012 Bronx Week Parade.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Representatives of Casa Yurumein Marching with 2012 Miss Garifuna Arianna Flores in the 2012 Bronx Week Parade. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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

Executive Director of Casa Yurumein, Mirtha Colon at the 2013 Barauda Awards in the Bronx.  Photo from Facebook.

Executive Director of Casa Yurumein, Mirtha Colon at the 2013 Barauda Awards in the Bronx. Photo by Karen Blanco  from Facebook.

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

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, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Some of The Honorees of The 2013 Barauda Awards.  Photo from Facebook.

Some of The Honorees of The 2013 Barauda Awards. Photo by Karen Blanco from Facebook.

Notes:

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

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