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#392964 - 11/17/10 08:56 AM Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule set.
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The National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations 2010 Schedule:

November 17th: Drumming in the Central Park
Come out and learn the art of playing the Garifuna drums and how to dance Punta, Paranda, Hugu Hugu, Jankunu and more...

November 18th: Cultural Block Party
3rd Annual, Battle of the Drums
Cultural Dance Presentations
Cultural foods
Jankunu Competition
19th November Opening Ceremony
After Party under the Big Palapa

November 19th: Urumie at 6am
Mass at the Catholic Church
Afternoon Beach Party Central Park
All Day Huduth Sale
#393069 - 11/18/10 09:08 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule set. [Re: Marty]
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The Garifuna Cultural Legacy: Alive And Well

"We Continue to have many Aspirations; In Unity We Advance" is the theme under which this year's Garifuna Settlement Day is being celebrated.

This observance spans over a two-week period and includes the selection of Ms. Garifuna 2010, drumming, dancing and re-enactments.

And while all things Garifuna dominate Belize's polyglot cultural spectrum, what about the next generation? Well judging from what our team saw at Christ the King Anglican School in Dangriga this morning, the Garifuna cultural legacy is in good hands:

Andrea Polanco Reporting
Today in the Culture Capital, Dangriga, we got a preview of what the town will be like in the next two days. Leading up to the 19th, Garifuna Settlement Day, Christ the King Anglican held its Annual Garinagu Open Day which started out with the traditional "Yurumei" which is the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize:

Francine Lucas, Teacher
"What he said this morning Andrea was the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu, it all started from St. Vincent when they were driven away from there, so were left on the island of Bali Sol where they died because the place was mountainous and nothing could be grown there and others travel on, some ended up in Honduras, Nicaragua and the rest came to Belize. When they came to Belize they found one Thomas Vincent Ramos who negotiated with the governor at that time that we get this day 19th of November as a day set aside for the Garinagu."

Andrea Polanco
"That was a very long journey. How did they survive along the way?"

Francine Lucas, Teacher
"I suppose they brought along their food stuff, if you notice they brought culture along with them and with culture you have the language, the clothing, the food, everything that goes along with it. They brought their food stuff so as soon as they got here they were ready to farm and they were ready to fish."

Andrea Polanco
"So when they came in this morning they were singing some beautiful Garifuna songs. Tell me what's the significance of some of these songs?"

Francine Lucas, Teacher
"Oh, that song that you heard, it's a song explaining just came from St. Vincent, we are here from St. Vincent, the land of our ancestors."

And since they left St Vincent the culture and traditions continue to live on but to make sure that they do, events like these help to keep it alive:

Carol Brackett Young, Principal
"We are in the Garifuna belt and for our children to be better educated knowledgeable of the customs and practices of the Garifuna we decided to showcase it so that they can learn it from home and then take it out because we call school home."

Andrea Polanco
"I know Garifuna Settlement Day is highly anticipated across but particularly in Dangriga, dub the cultural capital of the country, is this event that the school children look forward to with as much anticipation?"

Carol Brackett Young, Principal
"Yes they do and this had been our 4th annual Garifuna open day that we have had."

This long anticipated Annual Garinagu Open Day is the fruit of planning and presentation by teachers and students since August. But the work paid off as the presentations highlighted the Garinagu Culture at its best:

Carol Brackett Young, Principal
"Each class has a presentation to do, infant 1 was doing dance and music; infant 2, customs and beliefs of the Garifuna, Standard 1; clothing, standard 2; artifacts. well this years has been one of the greatest for us because the 1st year we just had it at a local level, we invited just the 2 neighboring schools and this year we have guest artists as you have seen, we have the children doing different performances, we have our school choir, our school band, so we have it much more greater this year."

And it was certainly great as some of Dangriga's very own artistes entertained by some of Dangriga's very own Garifuna artists:

And you know, if you don't get to see some Punta then your're not in Dangriga.

"From North to South, East to West, Stann Creek wish the whole entire Belize a happy and wonderful Garifuna Settlement Day."

"Happy Garifuna Settlement Day Belize."

Christ the King Anglican Primary will also be participating in other Garifuna Settlement Day activities in Dangriga.

Channel 5

#393107 - 11/18/10 02:18 PM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule set. [Re: Marty]
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#393180 - 11/19/10 09:11 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule set. [Re: Marty]
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To set the tone for the celebration of this rich culture we close with a few images from our archives of previous Settlement Day celebrations in Punta Gorda and Dangriga. The montage is set to a classic, timeless performance of the anthemic Naguya Nei as sung live by Paul Nabor, Andy Palacio and Adrian the Doc Martinez back in 2005.

Channel 7

#393422 - 11/23/10 08:34 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule set. [Re: Marty]
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Holy Cross observes Cultural Day.

Students from Holy Cross Anglican school observed Cultural Day on Thursday November 18th; in observance of Children's day. Students were encouraged to dress in their ancestral garments and shared the various cultural food items.
The Garifuna Culture demonstrated the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garifuna as part of Cultural day.

#393427 - 11/23/10 08:54 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule set. [Re: Marty]
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19th, A Look Back

And that's 7News this evening. We leave you with images of the 19th in Dangriga, specifically the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garifuna people known as Yurumei….

That will be followed by an acoustic performance from Aurelio Martinez on the 18th. night at Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga Town.

I Am Jim McFadzean. Joins us back here tomorrow night…

Channel 7

#393433 - 11/23/10 09:03 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day Schedule set. [Re: Marty]
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Garifuna Settlement Day celebrated in the Jewel

The weekend weather interrupted a number of activities that were scheduled to celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day across the country. But in the Culture Capital the downpour was not enough to stop the hundreds who migrated for the annual reenactment of the arrival of the Garinagu that voyaged from Honduras to Saint Vincent and then onto the shores of Belize almost two hundred years ago. The Garifuna, dressed in cultural attire, were in high spirits singing and dancing through the streets of the town to both traditional and modern Garifuna music. The food was also in great demand and there wasn’t a shortage of hudut and other dishes in supply. Channel Five’s Open Your Eyes was broadcast live from the banks of the Stann Creek River. Our cameras captured the Yurumein and a rare glimpse of an enchanted reveler as her body was assumed by the spirit of her ancestor. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has a report of the celebrations.

Isani Cayetano

“It has become one of the main attractions. It has also become synonymous with the Nineteenth. You can’t mention the Nineteenth and not mention a Yurumein. You cannot mention the fact that the symbolism or the significance of the boat is the plight of the people. We were never enslaved. We were never enslaved so we, for the most part, migrated to escape or to avoid being enslaved at the hands of the British.

We are a seagoing people so to be able to reenact means well we came in from sea so we have the boat as the primary means of getting here. That voyage was a maiden voyage, you know, by sea. The music, well, to be able to survive on the sea, to travel from Roatan to Punta Gorda to Dangriga and the coast, the coast of Belize you need to have some kind of entertainment right. So the drumming and the music had to be a primary part of it.

It’s something that builds over time though. Over the few hours that we’re going to be here you’ll see that we start off slow with the arrival, the music, the mood and everything and it becomes celebratory over the next few hours.

In African history there is what is called a Negro Spiritual this is no different than that but this is just being performed by the Garifuna people. So they’re all songs of praise, songs that deal with the conflict and the strife that the people have had to endure over the years so the songs are performed based on those themes.

What we saw a short while ago is what we in the Garifuna culture call Owehani. That’s when the spirit takes over the body. The spirit of the ancestor takes over one’s body. Being here is like a return to form. It all began here with the arrival of the Garifuna people in 1823. So having everything back here in Dangriga is returning to that place and time.”


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