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Aug 19, 2013

National Garifuna Council upset about Norwegian Cruise Lines use of the Dügu

Robert Mariano

Norwegian Cruise Line’s fifty million U.S. dollar investment is facing one more objection, but it’s not because of the location of the project or the possible effects on overnight cruise tourism. One of the attraction’s of the projects as it turns out is objectionable to one of the cultures expected to be highlighted on the completion of the project. The National Garifuna Council has sent a press release condemning the use of the Dügu, as an attraction for tourists without consulting the leaders of their community. It says, “The Dügu is a sacred ceremony and is not performed as entertainment for any audience. We find the announcement insulting and, while it may be well intentioned, indicative of arrogance and ignorance on the part of those concerned.” President of the Garifuna Council, Robert Mariano told News Five that the National Executive of the council will meet this weekend to discuss N.C.L.’s proposal.


Hugh Darley, Belize Project Director

Hugh Darley

“The place in time we picked is the heritage of Belize starting with the Mayan through the Garifuna and the transfer of people from other parts of the Caribbean and Africa to the coast in Central America. That’s our place in time. Why is that important? Cause now I know the style and the theme and the scale.  Garifuna. Why Garifuna? It is the only place in the world we can tell that story effectively and be real. We are not creating a fantasy story. We are telling the real story, the real people. We want to train and have people tell their story. In the afternoon, we are going to do a big drum circle out on the beach. And at three o’clock every afternoon, we are going to tell the guests guess what, we are going to do the dance called the Dügu. Why? Because nobody ever gets the chance to see that. It’s like the festival every day. So the idea is that we are going to tell that story and let that be our signage and graphics and our color and our story. We’ll use the Mayan story on the mainland and we will tie those two together on the island stories we create. Trading posts; why was this important? Because these islands were all part of the network of trading posts all up[ and down this coasts from the Yucatan peninsula right down to the South America. It is all an authentic story and we want to tell it in an authentic place.”

On May eighteenth 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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9 Responses for “National Garifuna Council upset about Norwegian Cruise Lines use of the Dügu”

  1. Buy Dugu, Buy Belize says:

    Official Dugu time is now 10am, 12 noon, 2pm & 4pm.
    Drummers must stand in line with their tourist badge visible.
    Your dugu number will be called in order. Failure to obeah means no pay!

    Tourists when in Belize be sure to get your official GOB Buyei Degree so you can do you own dugu’s in your cuntries. Also!!! Buy a Belize passport, never know when you need it, 20% discount.

    Don’t forget to buy GOB tariff free Gubida vodka for those special DUGUs.

    wake up, your elected officials sold you out. Keeping them in power is what it costs to be their !@#$%^.
    Nobody has power over these animals, you must obey so they will be rich.

  2. Griga says:

    something like Dugu shouldn’t be consider at all since its a scared dance for Garinagu culture and should be respected and honored.

  3. Cayetano says:

    For chrissakes- he should have said punta instead of dugu- the man meant nothing- in fact he looked to his right for the word to come from his local garifuna advisor- if the dance is so sacred- then no garinagu will do it- why all the hype? Where is Stuart

  4. Dumb Guy says:

    Pretty much everyone that invests in Belize is under a microscope by some group or groups to try and disrupt their good intentions. Maybe someday we will learn that investment is necessary and not everyone will be happy all the time. What are we saying now, wrap up your project and move out because we found out through a lively speech that gringo didn’t understand the dugu dance? Come on people. No need to ask for an apology from this man. Just ask for a meeting with him to assist him with making his story plan a reality to the tourist. Make these investors feel welcome for once.

  5. native to Belize.. says:

    I agree with u Dumb Guy…..people want to help our country and people are always there to interrupt the good intentions..

  6. native to Belize.. says:

    I agree with u Dumb Guy…..people want to help our country and people are always there to interrupt the good intentions..

  7. Gerald Underwood says:

    Whats the big deal over dugu

  8. ben says:

    gerald, if you had to ask that QUESTION, then you don’t have a clue what’s going on.

  9. Belizean says:

    Why don’t Mariano worry about his police duties and leave the investors to invest in our jewel some of us are waiting…to get a little income

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