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Garifuna 101 » DID YOU KNOW Part 2
Nov 16, 2004

1. The meaning of the colors of the Garifuna flag: Yellow is for hope and liberation. White is for peace and freedom. Black is for Africa, death and suffering. This is a combination of 2 different definitions given by Garinagu from Honduras and Belize.
2. The meaning of the colors of the Saint Vincent’s flag (Yurumein): Blue is for the Caribbean Sea. The green diamonds in the shape of the “V? is for Saint Vincent and the plural nature of the many islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Gold for the warmth and bright spirit of the people. Green is for the lush vegetation and the enduring vitality of the people.
3. Did you know that the Garinagu owned over 9.000 acres of land in Saint Vincent.
4. A small group of Garinagu woodcutters lived in Punta Gorda, Belize as early as 1802 according to records.
5. One of Joseph Chatuye’s wives was a courageous woman by the name of BARUDA.
6. Chatuye also had a brother by the name of Tayusan Du-Vallet.
7. Did you know that the trend in the island of Saint Vincent is to name their children Garifuna names.
8. In 2001, the United Nations recognized the Garifuna as a World Heritage Culture.
9. The locals in Saint Vincent call the island “Hairoun? which means Land of the Bless.
10. Historians in Saint Vincent believe that the Africans had arrived in the island prior to the infamous shipwreck. Therefore, the Garinagu race had already existed by the time Columbus discovered the Americas and the shipwreck just added to the population.
11. Did you know that the British, in their struggle to infiltrate the Garinagu in their battle for the domination of Saint Vincent, tried to recruit one of Chatuye’s son by the name of John Dumney. They wanted to learn the language and the war secrets of the Garifuna people in order to effectively destroy them. Rather than betraying the Garinagu, John Dumney chose to reject the offer to sacrifice his people.


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