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Gender and Spirituality in Garifuna Music and Dance Culture

    Overview In this lesson plan, students will learn about Garifuna culture by exploring some of its musical practices. They will read an article that discusses the traditional rituals highlighted in various Garifuna music and dance performances. In the article, they will also examine gender roles in Garifuna culture, and how Garifuna music has evolved over time to incorporate aspects of Punta Rock. Students will also watch video clips of an interview with Prof. Pablo Joseph López Oro, which will help them grasp the differences between spirituality and religion in Garifuna culture and also learn about how gender and sexuality […]

Garifuna leaders: the struggle for Garifuna rights across the Americas

Overview In this lesson plan, students will learn about the struggles of the Garifuna communities, including gentrification, displacement, political representation, and racial and gender discrimination, across the Americas. They will examine the historical, political, and social factors that shaped these struggles, and the role of important leaders in fighting for the rights of these communities. The students will read an article that highlight the struggles faced by the Garifuna in Honduras, New York (USA), Belize and Guatemala, and how leaders from the past (Thomas Vincent Ramos) and present (Miriam Miranda, Aida Lambert, Paul Joseph López Oro and Gloria Nunez) have […]

Preserving Garifuna Culture With Yolanda David

The Garifuna quests for labor contribute to the distinct nature of their migration history. Despite being forced into exile by the British from the Island of St. Vincent to Roatán in 1797, the Garifuna have managed to maintain their individual identities. Along the coast of Central America, in destinations such as Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, the Garifuna were not only drawn due to the proximity. These areas of agriculture, mahogany trade, carpentry, and turtle fishing attracted the Garifuna for the sake of expanding their labor market as a dominantly self-reliant people. When it comes to beyond the Central American […]