Garifuna Coalition head wants safeguards for Garifuna culture in NYC • Caribbean Life

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The head of the Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., José Francisco Ávila, wants the Garifuna culture in New York City to be safeguarded.

According to the Garifuna history and culture, the Afro-Caribbean Garifunas originated with the arrival of West African slaves who washed ashore in St. Vincent and the Grenadines around 1635.

The Garifunas, an admixture of African slaves and the local Carib Indians, were forced into exile by the British on Roatan, a small island off Honduras.

Today, the global population of Garifunas is estimated to be over 300,000, with many living in the US and Canada.

Garifuna communities along the Caribbean Sea live primarily along coastal towns and villages in the Central American countries…

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