WHO ARE THE GARIFUNA?
The Garífuna are people of West African, Arawak Indian and Carib Indian descent who were exiled from their homeland island of St. Vincent in 1797 and forced to settle along the Atlantic coast of Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua. As the Garifuna were never enslaved, their culture, traditions and language have remained largely intact until recently, when political pressures, changing land reform policies and foreign influences have begun to erode the self-sufficiency of the Garífuna community throughout Central America.
OTHER GARIFUNA RESOURCES & LINKS
Garudia: Garifuna Trilingual Dictionary, by Ruben Reyes
The Garifuna Journey, documentary by Andrea Leland
Garifuna in Peril, film by Alí Allié & Ruben Reyes
Garifuna Immigrants Invisible, article by Wendy Griffin
Cassava Nation, article by Bestsy Andrews
Umalali: The Garifuna Women’s Project
Garifuna American Heritage Foundation (Los Angeles)
Garifuna Coalition USA (New York)
Blazer Learning Center