Garifuna Retrieval Effort To Continue In SVG
In August 2011, a group of persons of Garifuna descent, resident in New York, USA, arrived in their ancestral homeland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They came with a clear objective: To begin a process leading to the reintroduction of the Garifuna culture to Vincentians. For three weeks, the group conducetd sessions in Garifuna drumming styles and dance, and lessons in the Garifuna language.
Children and adults from throughout the state attended the workshop, dubbed ‘Habinaha Garinagu Yurumein’ or ‘Dance Garifuna SVG’. An audio-visual documentary was produced from this workshop, showcasing the talents and prowess of the participants.
In January 2012, Trish St. Hill, one of the principal players behind the documentary, returned to SVG to present a preview of the rough cut of the documentary to the participants and other interested persons, with the intention of ascertaining and recording their views on how the programme impacted their lives.
These views were to be incorporated into the production. St. Hill reported then, how impressed she was by the eagerness of the Vincentian public to have the workshop return to Yurumein in 2012. Members of the workshop Organizing Committe, told THE VINCENTIAN that, although funding to realize the activity was sought, it was not received.
However, committed to continue the successful project of Garifuna cultural retrieval, the Committee has already begun to put structures in place to return to ensure its continuation. Towards this end, a fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, 19th May, 2012. It is slated to be held at ‘Casa Yurumein”, located at 1184 Fulton Avenue in the Bronx.
It will take the form of an evening of entertainment, and will include the viewing of the Habinaha Garinagu Workshop Documentary from 2011. Authentic Garifuna foods, and music by Garifuna artistes, including Paula Castillo, Quellar and James Lovell, will also be a feature of the event.
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