Photo of Garifuna boy, Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District, Belize, Central America
Seine Bight Village is located about 3 miles north of the village of Placencia and stretches about four miles along the Peninsula. Garinagu settled in Seine Bight about the year 1869.
Seine Bight Village is one of six Garifuna communities in Belize. Bight is a depression in the coastline. Scottish pirates were the first to call this area "Seine Bight". They used a net called a seine to catch fishes.
On May 18th 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, proclaimed the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The inhabitants of Seine Bight are descendants of a people who originated in St. Vincent. These people who were the result of a mixture of Africans who had been intended for slaves and the local Carib Indians of St. Vincent. The Garinagu people had a long journey to reach the shores of Belize, being sent first to the island of Balliceaux, then on to Rotan before a group finally came to Belize. These arrived in Belize on November 19th, 1832. They settled in Seine Bight about the year 1869.
Seine Bight now has a population of over 800 people and is still predominantly a community of Garinagu. They speak English, but still maintain the Garifuna language, which is an African dialect with a strong mixture of French, Spanish and English words. Today they preserve their cultural drumming, dances and customs and welcome visitors to share their culture.
Notwithstanding their turbulent history, the Garifuna have managed to preserve their unique culture with their punta and Wanaragua dances, sacred drumming, Anancy folk tales, ancestral worship, Elder's Councils and other cultural practices.
Location of picture - Seine Bight Village Stann Creek District Belize
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