GARIFUNA Women To Be Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony, The 2015 BARAUDA Awards on SUNDAY October 4th 2015 in the BRONX

 

 

Bronx, New York – It is Fall and we are in the midst of major fundraising Galas, Dinners, etc.  Non-Profit Garifuna Organization CASA YURUMEIN (a.k.a. Hondurans Against AIDS, Inc) will honor Women of Garifuna Descent at their Ninth Annual Barauda Awards in the Bronx on SUNDAY, October 4th 2015.

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The Barauda Awards, in it’s Ninth Year, honors mostly 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.

The 2015 Barauda Awards will take place at:

Grand Slam Banquet Hall
478 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, New York 10457

4 Train to Burnside Avenue Subway Stop

2 or 5 Train to West Farm Sq Subway Stop

Then walk or take the BX 40 or BX 42 Bus to the Grand Slam Banquet Hall

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2015 Barauda Awards in the Bronx, where Garifuna Women will be Honored.

2015 Barauda Awards in the Bronx, where Garifuna Women will be Honored.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  Doors open at 5pm and the event is scheduled to begin at 6pm.  A Dinner is included at this gala and this event is co-sponsored by Personal Injury Attorney Mr. Martin Munitz.

At press time, I do not have a specific information on women being honored at this Gala Event.  However, communities being represented this year include:

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Garifuna Towns / Communities Being Represented

Corozal, Honduras

Santa Fe, Honduras

San Antonio, Honduras

Limon, Honduras

Sambo Creek, Honduras

Rio Tinto, Honduras

San Juan, Honduras

Livingston, “La Buga”, Guatemala

Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Travesia, Honduras

Trujillo, Honduras

Bajamar, Honduras

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For more information or to buy tickets, please call:

(646) 374-6623

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(718) 213-5439

Special prize goes to the Best Garifuna Style Outfit or African Style Outfit.

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Garifuna Women Honorees posing for a group portrait at the 2015 Barauda Awards in the Bronx.  Photo courtesy of Facebook /  Casa Yurumein

Garifuna Women Honorees posing for a group portrait at the 2015 Barauda Awards in the Bronx. Photo courtesy of Facebook / Casa Yurumein

UPDATE (WEDNESDAY, October 7th 2015) The 2015 Barauda Award Honorees were:

Thomasa Alvarez Avila (Comgarigua Organization)

Shelmy Mileidy Amaya Avila (Buduri Dance Company)

Margarita Arriola (Sangrelaya, Honduras)

Sofia Pilar Caballero (Ostin Salmeron Education Foundation)

Magna Chimilio Cacho (Trujillo)

Patrona Chavez (Triunfeña)

Amelia Clotter (“Tigre” Soccer / American Football Team)

Edith Garcia (San Antonio, Honduras)

Natalia Garcia (Asuncor Organization — Corozal, Honduras)

Clelia Sabio-Gonzalez (OCDEMA Organization)

Adela Baeza Guity (Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York)

Hermes Guity (Santa Rosa de Aguan)

Yolando Lacayo (Limon, Honduras)

Teodora Lambert (Travesia, Honduras)

Brenda Nuñez (Bajamar, Honduras)

Maria Magdalena Nuñez (Grupo Wafagua)

Luisa Nuñez (Rio Tinto, Honduras)

Ana Yolanda Ordoñez (Sambo Creek, Honduras)

Celestina Rivas (San Juan, Honduras)

Dominga “Mingana” Valerio (Rest In Peace)

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 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.

Representatives of Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. "Hondurans Against AIDS Inc") 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 (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS Inc”) 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.

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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.

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 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.  

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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.

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

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

 

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