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Nov 15, 2012

A Cultural inspired Youth Rally by the Garifuna Council

One of the biggest cultural showdowns takes place this weekend in anticipation of Garifuna Settlement Day. But today at the House of Culture, the National Garifuna Council organized a rally for students.  There was drumming, dance and poetry depicting the Garifuna culture. Duane Moody dropped by and got in the spirit of the celebrations.


Duane Moody, Reporting

“Wawansera memeba lau lubafu bungiu hama ahari;” We keep going forward with the power of god and the ancestors. That is the theme for this year’s Garifuna celebrations and today at the House of Culture, the National Garifuna Council hosted its annual Youth Rally.


Marietta Enriquez, National Treasurer, Garifuna Council

Marietta Enriquez

“We invited different schools from within the Belize City area; we had schools like Saint Mary’s, Holy Redeemer, St. Joseph; St. Ignatius. And what we do is that from time to time, we rotate these schools because we cannot invite everyone because as you notice we also give refreshments and those things.”


It was a two-hour presentation showcasing the rich Garifuna culture through dance, poetry, drumming, music; a cultural explosion for the two hundred plus students that participated. National Treasurer of the Garifuna Council, Marietta Enriquez says that the youth are the future bearers of the culture.


Marietta Enriquez

“This is one of the way that the youths are expressing their cultural acceptance.”


Duane Moody

“Why is this necessary?”


Marietta Enriquez

“Well it has to be carried on and here is where it starts with the young people. The theme is that “We keep going forward with the power of god and the ancestors. We chose this theme at our annual convention where the people come together and they are the ones who decide what theme they want for this year and we go with that.”


One of the presentations, a dance number by students of St. Mary’s Primary School was a tribute to the late Andy Palacio; they performed a track from his Watina album, Weyu Lrigi Weyu. Steviana Moreira says it took them two weeks to put the piece together.


Steviana Moreira

Steviana Moreira, St. Mary’s Primary School

“At first most of us felt shy and then we started to let it put and we started to do it with passion. We knew what we were actually doing. Some of us got a little bit of stage fright, but it wasn’t all that bad. It was a wonderful dance that we did. We liked the dance because it was mostly about punta and it is mostly about our culture.”


The rally is just one of the events held yearly in Belize City. Enriquez spoke of the upcoming celebrations leading up to the nineteenth.


Marietta Enriquez

“In Belize City we have the mass. We also have the reenactment that will take place and that will carry on with a parade and that will take place at the foot of the big bridge. From there we will parade to the St. Martin’s De Porres Church where we will have the mass and then from there we move out to B.T.L. Park where activities will take place all day until six in the evening.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “A Cultural inspired Youth Rally by the Garifuna Council”

  1. Storm says:

    I really enjoy the colorful Garifuna addition to our melting pot, especially in music.

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