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Mar 3, 2022

Dignitaries from St. Vincent Find Cultural Connections in Belize

Today News Five also got a chance to speak with the Deputy Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. On their arrival in Belize earlier this week, Deputy Leader Montgomery Daniel and his Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar, visited Dangriga Town because the history of the Garifuna people has its roots in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Montgomery Daniel

Montgomery Daniel, Deputy Leader, St Vincent and the Grenadines

“That is not my first trip to Dangriga. I have made quite a couple of trips into the Garifuna community here in Belize to go as far down south as Punta Gorda. So, interestingly one of my trips going to Punta Gorda is that I had to ride dory crossing the river to get to Punta Gorda. I have gone there quite a couple of times. It is so because I am from Garifuna communities in St. Vincent. My historical path has indicated that I am part and parcel of the people who would have come out of St. Vincent on that wonderful trip of my ancestors to Roatan Island and to the other parts of Central America, including Honduras and Guatemala. I come to Belize and I visit my people, who actually, they look very much like the people we have home. When I come here I am always touched with the reality of life, that here is a people who suffered long and hard by the hands of colonization where in we have lost from our home land, a people, a language, a culture, and I want to make sure when I come here I can rekindle that relationship with my people, of course.”

 

Saboto Caesar

Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

“I represent a constituency in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Central Windwards, and there is a particular village with an extremely rich Garifuna history. That is the village of Gregs. Every year we celebrate March fourteenth, basically to commemorate the excellent work that paramount chief, His Excellency Joseph Chatoyer. You know the name very well here. It just shows the connectivity. So, we witness each year, persons from Belize will come to St. Vincent and the Grenadines during that period. I had the opportunity to meet several people from Dangriga before. But, actually going to Dangriga and spending a day, my first time in Dangriga, but to spend an entire day there speaking to leaders, seeing the museum, dancing the Punta Rock, eating the hudut, speaking at the different schools, meeting with Roy and his team, it was really a rich cultural experience.”


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