Friday, December 10, 2010
Image Control (Step Two)
The above “Carib History” was published in 1971, I think it was translated from Garifuna to English and became part of a a publication of the Summer Institution of Linguistics.
Therefore it has been thirty nine years since this information has been kept alive, today is December 10, 2010. I was only nine years old when this happened and at the time I was living in Barrio Paris, Labuga just across where Lillian Howland was living, today this is the same place where we have Belüba Lüba Fürendeí, it is a library and community center for children. We are a non-profit, non-religious and impartial committee that provides activities and programs for the youth of Labuga. We pride ourselves on being financially self-sufficient by developing our own fundraising strategies. Our aim is to foster the community in which we live.
I have read the information in the previous page several times, and today I feel blessed because you have allowed me to share with you. I would like to give thanks, first and foremost to the Most High for his intervention in our affairs. I am grateful to our ancestors the Áhari for watching over us and I thank you for time, I am profoundly honored by your openness.
It’s been eight months since I started blogging, “Garifuna Reality” and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Be that I it may, here is my version as a Garifuna who was born and now lives here for the past nine years.
Here is something I wrote in February of this year. “You see, I just go through reading an invitation to the Garifuna People from the broad of directors of a Mayan Program that is linked with the United Nation through the Norwegian Embassy. What caught my attention is the second subject on the agenda for a meeting with a delegate of more or less thirty five members representing the different branches of the institutions already mentioned on March 9th 2010, they would like to know the Garifuna Reality and Our Priorities”.
Since then I have wrote more than twenty articles related with Garifuna Culture and Our Spirituality. It is obvious that my knowledge of our history is also limited, but I will say this much. This has become my favorite concept, “life is a series of relationships”. Everything is intrinsically connected, irrevocably inter-independent, interactive, interwoven into the fabric of all life.
Michelle Forbes and I met a little over a year ago, while she was doing a research related with the Garifuna language here in Labuga. She was looking for a Garifuna teacher and someone spoke to her about me. I would like to share this information with you, the experience has brought an abundance of Blessing for my community, one of which I am sharing with you at this moment. Michelle is the person, friend and professional who has been the force behind what I am sharing with you. She has created a Garifuna Research webpage dedicated to the Garinagu in Labuga.
She is the wind beneath my wings.
To be continued...