The Annual Chester W. Gregory Colloquium
The Garifuna are an Afro-Indigenous diasporic community that positions Yurumein (St. Vincent) at the center of its collective memory, and whose populations primarily reside in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and more recently in urban centers in the United States. This multi-sited, historio-ethnographic study traces the group’s socio-political struggles over time and space against cultural dislocation, ethnic oppression, and culturally destructive forces. It highlights how this population’s core principles and forms, Garifunaduáü ("Garifunaness," or the "Garifuna way"), and particularly its central tenet of reciprocity "Aü bu, Amürü Nu" (roughly translated as "me for you and you for me"), functions on multiple levels within the contemporary context of transnational circulation and global power.
Organized by: The Department of History, Geography and Global Studies (410.951.3434)