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Nov 17, 2017

All Things Garinagu at Mexican Institute

Diego Sapien

The event kicks off at seven tonight and features an exhibition that shows the art, history, clothing, tools, instruments and leaders of the Garifuna Culture. Sapien says that you can expect food, drumming and an educational presentation from tonight’s Garifuna Settlement Day celebration at the Mexican Institute.

 

Diego Sapien, Officer in Charge of Cultural & Educational Affairs, Mexican Embassy

“We have a little display of some pieces from the Luba Garifuna Museum that Mister Cayetano loaned us for the special event for today. And then we are going to have some Garifuna food at the event that starts at seven today; some finger foods, like cassava bread, Garifuna drinks as well. We are going to start the celebrations at seven when we receive our invitees and at seven-fifteen we are going to have a drum group Ugandani will play tonight and then we will have the national anthem in Garifuna and after that we will have welcome remarks from the Ambassador and then an important lecture about Garifuna from Professor Cayetano. Afterwards we will have some more Garifuna drumming and then enjoying and having fun around the Garifuna settlement Day.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What are some of the aspects or elements of the culture that you are displaying in the exhibition?”

 

Diego Sapien

“Well, we have painting from Pen Cayetano. We also have important personalities like Andy Palacio and Thomas Vincent Ramos and first national hero Chatuye. We also have drums and the elements to do the Cassava Bread. So, we have a little bit of showcase to show what it is to be Garifuna and Garifuna culture. We also have traditional clothing of the Garifuna from some ceremonies and from the Garifunas as well.”

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