12 Facts About Garifuna


Garifuna are the descendants of indigenous Arawak, Kalinago, and Afro-Caribbean people.

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Garifuna were historically known by the exonyms Caribs, Black Caribs, and Island Caribs.

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Garifuna took ethnographic and linguistic notes on the native peoples of these islands, including St Vincent, which he visited briefly.

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Los Angeles ranks second with Belizean Garifuna being the most populous, followed by those from Honduras and Guatemala.

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Garifuna language is an offshoot of the Arawak language, and it is spoken in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua by the Garifuna people.

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Garifuna has a vocabulary featuring some terms used by women and others used primarily by men.

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In 2005 the First Garifuna Summit was held in Corn Islands, Nicaragua, with the participation of the government of other Central American countries.

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Garifuna music is quite different from that of the rest of Central America.

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In contemporary Belize there has been a resurgence of Garifuna music, popularized by musicians such as Andy Palacio, Mohobub Flores, and Aurelio Martinez.

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Gender roles within the Garifuna communities are significantly defined by the job opportunities available to everyone.

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The Garifuna people have relied on farming for a steady income in the past, but much of this land was taken by fruit companies in the 20th century.

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Since this time the Garifuna people have been forced to travel and find jobs with foreign companies.

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