American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a people of mixed Carib and African ancestry living along the Caribbean coast of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Nicaragua. The Garifuna were deported to the area in the late 18th century after their defeat by the British on the island of St. Vincent, where shipwrecked and escaped African slaves had intermarried with the indigenous Carib population beginning in the early 17th century.
- American Spanish Garífuna, from Proto-Carib *karipona, Carib. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Vincent in 1763, the "Black Caribs," as the Brits called the Garifuna, resisted alongside”
“These groups, called the Garifuna, settled in local communities in Honduras and Guatemala and even today the Carribean-Rastafarian culture is still intact.”
“Meanwhile the White House and the media remain silent about the massacres of Indigenous peoples in Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and the violent repression in Chile and Ecuador, or the violence promoted by the coup regime of Honduras where death squads trained in the U.S. are killing the opposition including Garifuna, Miskito and other Indigenous groups.”
“Palacio's release and the CD by Garifuna women are equally great.”
“Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj, Mayan Elder and President of the National Council of Elders Mayas, Xinca and Garifuna of Guatemala, spoke of the Mayan prophecies and the approach of the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.”
“In spite of this, the Hospital staff have vowed to stay and continue their work, serving the poor in the Garifuna indigenous region of Ionia and surrounding area.”
“Languages: Spanish 46%, Creole 32.9%, Mayan dialects 8.9%, English 3.9% (official), Garifuna 3.4% (Carib), German 3.3%, other 1.4%, unknown 0.2% (2000 census)”
“It's the soul of the Garifuna women of Belize, and it moves the heart as well as the feet.”
“So profound was the experience one of the students, Matt P. stated, Being in Belize for a little over a week has made me get a real feel of the Garifuna culture.”
“Access granted for a one-on one with Garifuna extraordinaire, Benny Negro:”
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