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Monday, April 12, 2010

April 12, 2010

garifuna festival

went to Punta Gorda today for the annual Garifuna celebration.
This is the 213th year since their arrival on Roatan.
it is so wonderful to see how they have maintained
their customs, culture, language and authentic cuisine over the years.
they have not be affected by the south american culture or the
north american culture.

we walked along side them
in the hot sun
as they  paraded through town,
along the shores of their tiny fishing village
and watched them re-enact
landing on the shores in  dug out canoes
we so enjoyed their dancing, singing, drumming and enthusiastic joy.

 they were dressed to the 'nines' for this momentous occasion
the colors were astoundingly beautiful!!!
i met my friend catherine there
she had her dress made in the capital of  tegucigalpa
it was specially designed for this event.
those are her 3 daughters on the front!

the sounds of their singing and the rhythmic beating
of the drums
brought tears to my eyes
as it reminded me of years ago when bob and i were in

they have such spirit
such determination
such joy.
so glad we made the trek over the other side of the island
to share it with them!

1 comment:

  1. What a treat that must have been to hear the music and watch the dancing. I read about the history of the Garifuna and how they have strived to keep their culture in tact. I can only imagine how it brought back memories of your time in Africa. Wish i could have been there to share it with you.

    loves ya
    xx B xx