Garifuna Activist and Historian PABLO ROBERTO MEJIA (a.k.a. “Don Beto”) Passes Away in Guatemala At The Age of 93 on TUESDAY December 17th 2013

Garifuna Activist and Historian Pablo Roberto Mejia (a.k.a. "Don Beto") about to receive his Garifuna Heritage Award at the First Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Culture Night on SATURDAY March 13th 2010.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Activist and Historian Pablo Roberto Mejia (a.k.a. “Don Beto”) about to receive his Garifuna Heritage Award at the First Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Culture Night on SATURDAY March 13th 2010. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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Livingston, “LaBuga” Guatemala, Central America — Garifuna Activist and Historian Pablo Roberto Mejia (a.k.a. “Don Beto”) passed away of natural causes in Guatemala on TUESDAY December 17th 2013 at the age of 93.

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(VIDEO) Prime Minister of St Vincent and The Grenadines, HON. RALPH GONSALVES Presents Argument for Reparations for Caribbean Countries

St. Vincent Prime Minister, The Honorable Ralph Gonsalves being interviewed by Carib Nation Television.  Image courtesy of Carib Nation Television.

St. Vincent Prime Minister, The Honorable Ralph Gonsalves being interviewed by Carib Nation Television. Image courtesy of Carib Nation Television.

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Washington D.C.  — Recently, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, The Honorable Ralph Gonsalves, presented an argument for the slavery reparation for Caribbean Nations in an interview with Carib Nation Television.  In the interview, which you can see below, he also puts the slavery reparations lawsuit by 14 Caribbean nations against the Britain, France and The Netherlands for their role in the Atlantic Slave Trade into context.

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Happy Guatemalan Garifuna Settlement Day (November 26th)!!!

Happy Guatemalan Garifuna Settlement Day (November 26th)!!!  Photo Illustration by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Happy Guatemalan Garifuna Settlement Day (November 26th)!!! Photo Illustration by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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Guatemala, Central America — Happy Guatemalan Garifuna Settlement Day (November 26th)!!!

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CONFIRMED!!! ATLANTA Screening of Award-Winning Independent Fiction Film GARIFUNA IN PERIL To Take Place on WEDNESDAY September 25th 2013

 

The ATLANTA Screening of The Award-Winning, Independent Feature Film, GARIFUNA IN PERIL will take place on WEDNESDAY September 25th 2013 at The AMC Parkway Pointe 15, 3101 Cobb Parkway. Atlanta, GA 30339.  It is presented by Garifuna American Educator Susan Arauz-Barnes.

The ATLANTA Screening of The Award-Winning, Independent Feature Film, GARIFUNA IN PERIL will take place on WEDNESDAY September 25th 2013 at The AMC Parkway Pointe 15, 3101 Cobb Parkway. Atlanta, GA 30339. It is being presented by Garifuna American Educator Susan Arauz-Barnes.

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ATLANTA, Georgia:  The award-winning, independent feature film Garifuna in Peril, produced and directed by Alí Allié and Ruben Reyes, will screen in Atlanta on WEDNESDAY, September 25th 2013 at 7:30pm at AMC Parkway Pointe 15, 3101 Cobb Parkway. Atlanta, GA 30339, as presented by Garifuna American Educator Susan Arauz Barnes.  Those interested in seeing this unique work can buy tickets ($11 each) online by clicking on the following link.  http://www.tugg.com/events/5122

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Garifuna Singer Songwriter SIDNEY MEJIA To Celebrate Early Garifuna History With Tribute to Garifuna Warrior JOSEPH CHATOYER in Bronx on SATURDAY May 18th 2013

 

Garifuna Teacher Singer/Songwriter Sidney Mejia.  Photo courtesy of Sidney Mejia

Garifuna Singer/Songwriter Sidney Mejia. Photo courtesy of Sidney Mejia Facebook Page

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Bronx, New York — There will be a unique Garifuna cultural event focusing on early Garifuna history on SATURDAY May 18th 2013 in the Bronx as part of 2013 Bronx Week Celebrations.   Garifuna Man Sidney Mejia will pay tribute to Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer with a theatrical reading of his book, “Life and Times of Chatoyer (a.k.a. ‘The Drama of King Shotaway’)”.

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New York Garifunas Begin 2013 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York

 

2013 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York

2013 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York

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New York, New York — As 2,248 of the surviving Garifuna (then known as Black Caribs) people were boarded onto the HMS Experiment and about 8 or 9 other ships after spending months in internment at Baliceaux (a rock off the coast of St. Vincent) in 1797, I can’t help but wonder how they felt.

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(Nicaragua VIDEO) Report on Celebration of 2012 Garifuna Settlement Day in Nicaragua

 

Nicaraguan Garifuna Girl Participating in Miss Garifuna Pageant there.  Image courtesy of Neyda Dixon.

Nicaraguan Garifuna Girl Participating in Miss Garifuna Pageant there. Image courtesy of Neyda Dixon.

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Orinoco, Nicaragua — Nicaraguan Reporter and TV Personality Neyda Dixon (she is Creole), profiled the Nicaraguan Garifuna as they celebrated 2012 Garifuna Settlement Day, which takes place in Nicaragua on November 19th.

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(VIDEO) Garifuna Anthropologist Dr. JOSEPH PALACIO Investigates Links Between Taino Indians and Garifuna People at Symposium Exploring Roots of Caribbean Culture in Washington D.C. in July of 2012

 

Garifuna Anthropologist, Dr. Joseph Palacio.

Garifuna Anthropologist, Dr. Joseph Palacio.

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Washington D.C. — On Friday, July 13th 2012; Caribbean Anthropologist Dr. Joseph Palacio was part of a unique symposium in Washington D.C. where he got to talk about and make connections on an aspect of Garifuna heritage generally unexamined, that is, the Amerindian side.   Video with portions of this symposium were recently made available to the public and the what has been made available is noteworthy.

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Deadline for Garifuna American Essay Contest EXTENDED To FRIDAY February 15th 2013. Cash Prizes Available

Writing photo courtesy of sitemaker.umich.edu

Writing photo courtesy of sitemaker.umich.edu

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Bronx, New York — The Garifuna Coalition has announced the Second Annual Domitila Flavia Fernandez Saravia Essay Contest to encourage Garifuna High School students to honor their Garifuna American heritage by submitting an essay in its honor.  The deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, February 15th 2013.

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(BOOK REVIEW) Garifuna Continuity In Land: Barranco Settlement and Land Use 1862 to 2000

 

Garifuna Continuity In Land: Barranco Settlement and Land Use 1862 to 2000 by Joseph Palacio, Carlton J. Tuttle, Judith R. Lamb

Garifuna Continuity In Land: Barranco Settlement and Land Use 1862 to 2000 by Joseph Palacio, Carlton J. Tuttle and Judith R. Lamb

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Belize, Central America: Robin Llewellyn of The Los Angeles Review of Books recently reviewed the book, Garifuna Continuity In Land: Barranco Settlement and Land Use 1862 to 2000 by Joseph Palacio, Carlton J. Tuttle and Judith R. Lamb.  

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