Garinagu are a resilient tribal people who have survived many years of extreme hardships. Despite these, ethnological studies show that we are the only black people in the Americas to have preserved our native culture. Because our ancestors were never slaves, we have been able to preserve our rich and unique Afro-Caribbean heritage. Also, our traditions, deep sense of kinship and participation in community cultural activities have provided us with a sense of solidarity and cultural identity during times of turmoil.
As the values of society change, Garinagu, however, find it challenging
to preserve and pass on our unique cultural heritage to future generations. Music, dance and story telling, together with our extraordinary language, traditional foods, clothing, art and handicrafts and natural medicines, all come together to form our cultural identity.
For all of this in 2001 UNESCO declared the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance a Masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.