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The Garifuna of the Caribbean and Central  America

The Garifuna of the Caribbean and Central America

The Wellside, The Old School House, Corner of Tottenham High Road and Philip Lan, London N15 4GZ
The Wellside The Old School House, Tottenham High Road London N15 4GZ

Start Time
10/10/2017 6:00 pm
Price
£5.00

The Garifuna (Black Carib) derive from the inter-marriage of encaptured Africans and Carib/Arawak on the island of St.Vincent following the shipwreck of two slave ships in 1635, when the Indians on the island rescued the Africans and the sailors. During this period of history the European nations were fighting over these islands and eventually the British were able to conquer the islanders and shipped most of the Black Caribs to Central America. 

There are now between 300,000 and 600,000 Black Caribs (Garifuna) in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua with another 100,000 in the USA. Their language is Arawak but their culture is straight out of Africa which they consider to be their spiritual home.

Currently they are under tremendous pressure because their land, which was not considered to be worth anything in the 18th and 19th century, being beach land, is now prime land for development (tourism etc). The Garifuna are now in a fight for their very existence and that of their children. They are being shot, their radio station has been burnt down several times, their land is being stolen by foreign investors working with the governments and so on. This is a fascinating piece of Black History that has hardly seen the light of day.

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The Wellside The Old School House, Tottenham High Road London N15 4GZ

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