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#423008 - 11/23/11 08:16 AM A Book About Barranco
Marty Offline
Noted Anthropologist Joe Palacio today launched an important book. It's called Garifuna Continuity in Land: Barranco Settlement and Land Use 1862 to 2000.

Important because it traces the history of land tenure in that southern village - and at the same time provides valuable insights into the ethnohistory of the celebrated community.

In terms of time span it is the most comprehensive record of land tenure in the region.

Palacio told us why that matters:

Dr. Joe Palacio, Author
"It was not private land; all around there was some private land, but not the particular area where the village was. And that was totally by chance in a way, and it was easier for us to establish roots there. Because in many other communities, many others Garifuna communities it was a private land, and it was very difficult to get through this process because of that."

Jules Vasquez
"It is the only document I heard they explained that tracks the record of occupation for over a century in the entire Caribbean where there are some many fracture histories and what history's in what the hurricane destroyed. Explain the relevance of this long standing record and what it illustrates?"

Dr. Joe Palacio, Author
"Ok, the significance is that again it is not available anywhere and for you to know where you are; you have to know where you came from. And land ownership is one source, so that by itself is significant especially when you tie it to genealogy. So that not only do you know who was where. But then you also know exactly the names; that person, that person and that was my great grandmother that was my great grandaunt. So this is where it adds pretty much to call it a fabric of information, which is interrelated and so anthropological, integrated."

The book was authored by Palacio, Cralosn Tuttle and Judith Lumb and is available at the image factory books store.

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#423014 - 11/23/11 08:24 AM Re: A Book About Barranco [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Garifuna Book on Barranco Settlement published

Renowned anthropologist Dr. Joseph Palacio, a native of Barranco Village, the southernmost Garifuna enclave in the country, along with Carson Tuttle and Judy Lumb, has spent the past thirty years researching and studying land ownership and occupation in that community. It was a broad project which saw the trio in pursuit of information which brings into sharp focus the settlement of the Garinagu in Belize. That research has culminated in Palacio’s latest publication entitled Garifuna Continuity in Land: Barranco Settlement and Land Use 1862 to 2000. The book was launched this morning at the Image Factory before an audience of writers and historians as well as members of the Garifuna diaspora. Palacio told News Five how the idea for the project came about.

Dr. Joseph Palacio, Anthropologist/Author

“The origin for it started off with the reason why there are so many lots in Barranco that would seem to be deserted, unoccupied, in talking to the villagers and finding out that they are not deserted, that the owners are out of the village for whatever reason. So that becomes a problem and based on that problem then we started asking whose land it is and in who’s name it is. That took us to the Lands Department, that took us to the Archives Department and putting all that information together is how the book eventually was compiled.”

Isani Cayetano

Joseph Palacio

“Explain to us the usefulness of this particular project as a tool, as you had mentioned with Flowers Bank, for instance, and its historical significance to Belize.”

Dr. Joseph Palacio

“Well, as we said earlier, as far as we know there is no study like this in Belize which traces ownership almost over a hundred years. This has not been done. This is the first time it is being done so certainly if you call us pioneers, that we are charting somewhere, that there are certain methods that we have to use, we can share that with other people who want to do this kind of work. So the same thing would go for other communities in the Caribbean, in Central America for that matter and what comes through is that you start to understand such things as customary land rights. The values that people have towards land which is so important how it fits into the cultural landscape. So these are the things which we got into in a way, in a kind of bumbling fashion, one after another but we think that we’ve done quite a bit of work, solid work, solid scholarly work which others can learn from and maybe do better. It’s a scientific piece of work which can be replicated.”

Isani Cayetano

“I imagine it was a very extensive undertaking. In terms of the length of time to put all the information together, the compilation itself, you mentioned that it may have taken somewhat ten years or thereabout. Can you speak to us about the length of time and finding all the pieces to put together?”

Dr. Joseph Palacio

“It was thirty years really in compiling bits and pieces of information. The actual writing which means making the tables and fitting things together was about ten years and this is for three people.”

The book and an accompanying tee shirt are both currently on sale for thirty dollars each at the Image Factory.

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#423133 - 11/24/11 08:30 AM Re: A Book About Barranco [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

"Garifuna Continuity in Land" book launch

November 19th was celebrated as Garifuna settlement day. To add greater significance to what that settlement means for the Garifuna, three authors have been compiling information on land use in house lots and farmlands in the village of Barranco for over thirty years. The result is a book entitled, Garifuna Continuity in Land: Barranco Settlement and Land Use 1862 to 2000. The authors are Dr. Joseph O. Palacio, Carlson Tuttle, and Judy Lumb. We spoke with Dr. Palacio

Dr. Joseph O. Palacio
The Garifuna came at different times and they went through different experiences in different places, so what we’ve done is to document the Barranco case. The significance is that again it is not available anywhere and for you to know where you are, you have to know where you came from and land ownership is one source. So that by itself is significant, especially when you tie it to genealogy, so that not only do you know who was where, but you also know exactly names that person, that person and that was my great grandmother and that was my great-grand aunt. So this is where it adds pretty much to call it a fabric of information which is interrelated and so anthropology correct.

In tying together land tenure with kinship, the book documents not only who applied for land but also through what blood and other family ties ownership has transpired for over three and more generations. Specifically to the village of Barranco and surrounding communities, readers can find out what land his or her ancestor owned and the successive owners up to 2000.

Dr. Joseph O. Palacio
We found out that the area of Barranco was not private land when the Garifuna came. It was not private land, all around there were some private lands, but not the particular area where the village was and that was totally by chance in a way. So then it was easier for us to establish roots there, because in many other Garifuna communities it was private land. One of the points that this book makes is that the idea of the Garifuna nation – the Garifuna nation is in Barranco, it is in Punta Gorda and it is in Livingston, La Sabia and New York. When we do things together we are not trying to out bid one against the other. Let me just give you a practical example, Andy Palacio’s last CD has two songs about land disposition and he sung about Honduras, Miami and Livingston, but that was a member of the nation - the Garifuna nation lamenting what is happening not only in Barranco or not so much what is happening in Belize, but what is happening Miami. This idea of nation for black people is very important.

The book is available at the Image Factory and online at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com at a cost of 40 dollars.



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