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Nov 21, 2019

PM Addresses Culture Pressures at Garifuna Settlement Day

On Tuesday Belizeans all over celebrated Garifuna Settlement Day. As a part of the activities, an official programme was held in the “culture capital” Dangriga.  The re-enactment of the Garinagu journey from Saint Vincent to Belize, called the Yurumein, kicked off the celebrations in the early hours of the nineteenth morning. That was followed by an official ceremony with Garinfuna leaders and Government representatives. Prime Minister Dean Barrow made his presentation highlighting the contributions of the people and the pressures on authentic cultures like the Garifuna. The PM also announced that the Hummingbird Highway is to be renamed in honour of an outstanding member of the community.  Here’s more from his speech.


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Different cultures,  is being encroached on; leveled and threatened with reduction and diminution by the onslaught of artificial appetites and ways of life so called mass culture. In this context, the importance of activities such as today’s re-enactment assumes added significance, becomes a touchstone in the preservation fight. All that goes into the celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day thus helps all Belizean to learn, remember and relearn the richness of the Garifuna culture.  There are over fourteen thousand Garinagu in Belize, comprising six point one percent of our population. Anyone familiar with the history of the Garinagu knows that it is impossible to exaggerate their contribution to the development of Belize; to the enrichment of our national life. In education, religion, music, poetry, dance, language, agriculture and fishing, among others, the Garinagu stand out.”

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