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My Garifuna -> Garifuna 101

THE ESSENCE OF GARIFUNA

11/23/04
By: Cheryl Noralez
The inner-sense of being Garifuna that cannot be taught
The core of Garifuna belief that you cannot read about
The soul of our people is ancient.

We continue to baffle those who try to explore and explain us
A chameleon people who can adapt to any situation and environment
A people who can camouflage among any race

You will try to learn our tongue
But we will learn yours first
And make it our own.

We defy explanation!
We are a ghost of people who were left for dead on the Island of Roatan
From those few, we have grown to be many.

Our reach is vast from sea to land
The mystique of our being will continue to intrigue you
We are the past, the present and the future.

We are the unity of three that makes us one
The body of the African, the soul of the Carib and the spirit of the Arawak
This is the essence of a Garifuna Being.

A Poem by Cheryl Noralez
mamagapg@yahoo.com
Other Articles By Cheryl Noralez
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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
11/16/04 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 11 GARIFUNA FACTS THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW
10/28/04 The Garifuna Mis-education of the Web






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