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My Garifuna -> Garifuna 101

11 GARIFUNA FACTS THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW

10/28/04
By: Cheryl Noralez
1. Cassava (ereba) contains vitamin B-17 which helps to protect against diseases like malaria and sickle cell anemia and also it is a natural steroid

2. Did you know that Chief Joseph Chatuye was named the First National Hero in the Island of St. Vincent on March 14, 2002 which is the highest honor of achievement attainable of that state.

3. Did you know that the Vincentians make an annual pilgrimage to the island of Beliceaux to pay homage to the Garifuna people who were imprisoned on that island where half of the population died of Yellow Fever, other diseases and starvation.

4. Did you know that the first African American play written in 1823 was called "Drama of King Shotaway". And it is believed to have been written by William Alexander Brown who theater-historians believed was a Garifuna man from St. Vincent.

5. Did you know that Garinagu were separated in St. Vincent before they were exiled. The light skinned caribs (garinagu) remained in St. Vincent, but the darker skinned caribs were the ones that were exiled. Also, the French that were sympathetic towards the Garifuna and who fought with them against the British, were shipped off to Canada.

6. Did you know that the Garifuna are the only Blacks in the Americas to conserve their native culture.

7. Do you know the many names garinagu are referred by: Kalipuna in Dominica, Maroons in Jamaica,Ameri-indians and Black Caribs elsewhere.

8. Did you know that the Catholic church once upon a time did not allow the Garifuna people to beat their drums inside the church.

9. Did you know that 2004 marks the 207 anniversary of the exile of the Garifuna from Yurumein.

10. Did you know that Marcos Sanchez Diaz, a Garifuna leader, led a group of Garifuna to Livingston, Izabal Guatemala and settled there in 1802. Livingston-La Buga celebrates the Settlement Day on the 26th day of November.

11. Did you know that Elejo Benni, a Garifuna leader, led the settlement in 1832 to Dangriga, Belize which celebrates their settleement on the 19th of November.
Other Articles By Cheryl Noralez
05/09/05 A LOVE NOTE TO MY MOTHER
04/20/05 Garifuna Forum 2005 Thank You Letters
02/17/05 GARIFUNA ORIGINS PART 1: THE ARAWAK
01/28/05 GARIFUNA LIFE IN LOS ANGELES
01/14/05 HIV AND AIDS IN THE GARIFUNA COMMUNITY
01/12/05 ACCEPTING OUR DIFFERENCES
12/26/04 MY GREAT GARIFUNA FATHER
12/26/04 I AM A GARIFUNA CHILD
12/16/04 PRESERVING THE WANARAGUA TRADITION
12/09/04 RECLAIMING OUR HERITAGE
12/06/04 TEARS OF MY ANCESTORS
11/30/04 The Garinagu Presence in Central America
11/23/04 THE ESSENCE OF GARIFUNA
11/16/04 DID YOU KNOW Part 2
11/08/04 LOS ANGELES GARINAGU DIVIDED
11/04/04 HUDUTU THE FOOD OF SLUMBER!
11/02/04 GARIFUNA WAGIA!
11/01/04 SETTLEMENT DAY REMEMBRANCE
11/01/04 WHEN I DIE
10/31/04 Shall I Be A Garifuna Today or Shall I Not?
10/28/04 The Garifuna Mis-education of the Web






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