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Understanding Belize's Garifuna Culture

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Since the arrival of the first Garinagu on Belizean shores back in the 1800s, the Garinagu people have worked hard to keep their culture alive. Visitors to Belize can experience colorful Garifuna art, drumming, dance, and culinary traditions.
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Barranco, Belize
In Garifuna culture, the Wanaragua dancer wears a mask and a costume while challenging the drummers to follow his or her dancing. The tradition is meant to mock the former British slave masters and their dancing.
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San Pedro, Belize
Ambergris Caye may not be the ideal spot to holiday if you want to immerse yourself in the local Garifuna culture; however, the island is not completely devoid of its influence. Head south of San Pedro and stop by the Black and White Garifuna...
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Dangriga, Belize
Garifuna Settlement Day celebrates the arrival of the first Garinagu on Belizean shores back in the 1800s. All-night parties leading up to the November 19 holiday take place around the country, along with cultural reenactment ceremonies. Garifuna...
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Barranco, Belize
A two-hour bus ride south of Punta Gorda takes you to Belize's best-kept secret: Barranco. Here, you'll find Egbert, who will lend you a kayak, and you can explore the coast of Belize and Guatemala. You'll see Pelicans, sea gulls, and if you're...
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Hopkins, Belize
Hopkins is pretty quiet at night, so get a ride to the Lebeha Drumming Center for an amazing night of Garifuna drumming. They also do private lessons so you too can learn Garifuna rhythms.
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New Road, St Vincent Garinagu Estate, Punta Gorda, Belize
A wonderful family operation whose heart is in preserving music, songs, and instrument-making of the Garifuna culture. My granddaughter and I opted to attend the drum lesson & performance one week and the drum-making the following week. We were...
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North Rd, Hopkins, Belize
Hopkins Bay Resort is located on the beach right near the town of Hopkins; accommodations include one-, two-, and three-bedroom beach houses. Local art and polished mahogany furniture signal that this is no cookie-cutter chain hotel. The spacious...