The Board of Directors of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. has announced that final preparations are being completed for The Garifuna Reunion in St Vincent and the Grenadines on July 18th – 23rd. Plans are going ahead despite significant attrition related to the global financial crisis. The activities have been organized with the help of the Regional Integration and Diaspora Unit (RIDU) Office of the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
As descendants from shipwrecked Africans who sought refuge in mainland St Vincent and intermarried with the Caribs and Arawaks, the Garifunas or Black Caribs, are part of the unique cultures and melting pot of ethnicities that have their roots in the Caribbean. Two years after the paramount Garifuna Chief Joseph Chatoyer was killed on March 14, 1795, the Garifuna people were exiled from their native land of St Vincent (Yurumein) to the island of Roatán, off the coast of Honduras from where they dispersed along the Atlantic coast of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Nicaragua.
“This will be a historic event as we journey back to our homeland, Yurumein” said Rejil Solis, president of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc.
Photo: Lyra Harris can be sen in its original context at http://www.lyraharris.com/pictures/honduras/garifuna-baker.jpg