“Garifuna in Peril”: Film on How Indigenous Hondurans Unite to Preserve Culture

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Vinette K. Pryce reviews the 2012 documentary film Garifuna in Peril—an attempt to work towards the preservation of a rapidly dwindling Afro-Amerindian culture struggling to survive in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, and Honduras (and the diaspora). Their language is in danger of disappearing as is a wide array of cultural practices and beliefs. [Also see previous post Garifuna featured in film.] Read full review in the link at the bottom.

Film Description: The film centers on Garifuna peoples, their Caribbean origins and their steadfast determination to hold onto their culture. Descended from enslaved West Africans on St. Vincent in the Caribbean and Indians from the Carib and Arawak tribes, the Garifuna were exiled to Central America by British in the 1700s. Living today in Central American nations such as Honduras and Belize, and in major cities such as New York and Los Angeles, the Garifuna proudly maintain their centuries-old culture, language and music.

Ms. Pryce writes: Were it not for conscientious documentaries, topical, historic and often…

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About Dennis R. Hidalgo
I am a historian of the Atlantic World. I am passionate about people, those alive in the present and those who left little trace of their past.

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