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#451683 11/22/12 08:28 AM
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Last night we told you all about the Garifuna Settlement Day activities in southern Belize - but one thing we didn't get in was the unveiling of Pen Cayetano's mural at the Dangriga Town Hall.

The mural, called "imagery of our ancestors" depicts the long history of resistance and the arrival of the Garnagu upon these shores. Principal characters are military leader Joseph Chatoyer who fought against the British in St. Vincent and his daughter Gulisi who is recorded in Garifuna lore as one of the early settlers of southern Belize together with her eleven sons.

The Mural also includes men and women who have been leaders in fields in which the Garifuna are not known to excel. It also depicts other cultures.

Cayetano worked on the piece for weeks and he considers it a personal testament about persons who have inspired him. Experts say it's the one of only two historical or cultural murals that exist in the country.

Channel 7

Marty #451972 11/26/12 07:04 PM
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Wonderful! Can't wait to see it in person.

However, I would disagree with the last sentence in the Channel 7 story saying that it is one of only two historical or cultural murals in Belize.

There are actually several. One of course is in the Corozal Town Hall. Another is on the clock tower in PG. Then there is the new one in San Ignacio. Also the mural in Orange Walk Town that was painted over the gay pride logo.

There are others less well known as well, such as in the dining room of Candelie's Seaside Cabanas in Sarteneja, and one at the Independence pier in Corozal Town. In Belize City, there are a number of "street" murals. Also, in San Pedro.

Of course that doesn't include the ancient Maya paintings and murals.

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