Sunday, March 24, 2013

Waba


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While I was being consumed by an over whelming and depressing feeling about some of the events that are unfolding in a time and moment that is also transcendental in our lives as Garinagu in Guatemala and beyond boundaries. As a people we are dealing with some of the most difficult times and point in our history here in my hometown of Labuga. I have been living in Labuga for the past twelve years; it’s been like climbing a mountain, and as we get closer to the top, I can feel the pressure and its beginning to tear us apart.

In this case, sometimes I feel like I am being pulled in different directions on our way to the top.  Speaking of directions, I have been a person for the most part of my life without a sense of direction.  Like most Garínagu, I use to rather take the mainstream and go with the flow.

Having said all that, I would like for you to keep me in your company a few minutes more. While I was in Barranco not long ago at the home of Dr. Joe, I began to understand that the word WABA in the Garífuna language extends far beyond a material or physical structure. In my understanding the Word WABA, is a concept that embraces the family nucleolus, where the seeing and the unseen comes together.

The first time I saw a cave was in Gangadiwali on the 19th December 2008. I was there to select a parcel of land to make real a wish that I had since I heard Roy Cayetano spoke in 2005 about his farm and the joy of farming.  At first I thought it was just a big hole in the ground, but farther observation indicated that it was cave.  To make a long story short, I was so afraid of the cave that I did not approach it until the 14th March 2013.

Case and point, today is Sunday, 24th 2013 it is now 1:28 and just had one of the most mystical moments of my life that came on a page from a book that I am now reading for the second time. It was page twelve of this book that brought us back to my recent article which I wrote two months ago, Who Will Set the Standards?

WABA in this case, is a concept of having a “Center”. It is about taking a good look at the inside which is also a concept of home, being at peace with who and what we are.

Au- Le
Lúbara Huya   

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