Garífuna Pre-Columbian History: The Island
The Island Carib settled predominantly
on the island of Saint Vincent. The men's primary occupations were hunting,
fishing and warfare. They also slashed and burned fields for planting
and bartered with neighboring islands. They were skilled craftsmen, who
carved wooden canoes and wove baskets to extract poisonous liquid from
yucca, a staple food in Island Carib diet. The women in turn tended the
harvest, cared for domestic animals, and sold crops at local markets.
Island Carib men and women spoke different languages since the daughters
were raised by their Arawak mothers and the sons by their Carib fathers.
Today, Arawak forms the basis of Garífuna language. Visit
our Garifuna cultural history link and discover
the rich cultural legacy that the Garinagu inherited from their Island
Credit: text written by K.Stevens, Stanford Center for Latin American Studies, 2/17/00.
Cayetano, Sebastian R. Garífuna History, Language & Culture of Belize, Central America & The Carribbean. pp. 18-22.
Flores, Justin. The Garífuna Story: Now and Then. California: 1979. pp. 3-4.
González, Nancie. The History of the Garífuna People: Past and Present. Tegucigalpa, Honduras. pp. 59-60.
-----Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garífuna.
Palacio, Myrtle. The First Primer on the People Called Garífuna: The Things You Always Wanted to Know. Glessima Research & Services: 1993. pp.1.
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