Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, Inc. established since 2005, is an Garifuna American non-profit
charitable and educational organization operating under the provisions of 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and
based in California.
"We are dedicated to the preservation of the Garifuna language,culture, history and wellbeing."
- Bienvenido - Welcome!
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.
An educational, historic study of Garifuna culture tells you that Garifuna people never suffered the inhumane
act of enslavment, a terrible crime against humanity that brutalized so many others, and their cultures. The
Garifuna culture has preserved a lot that should be shared with our descendants and the world. - Un estudio
educativo e historico de la cultura asevera que Los Garinagu nunca sufrieron el acto inhumano de la esclavitud, un crimen
terrible en contra de la humanidad el cual afecto y brutalizo a muchos otros y sus culturas tambien. La cultura
Garifuna ha logrado preservar mucho de lo cual deberia de ser compartido con los Afro-descendientes y todo el mundo.
The mission of GAHFU is to serve the Garifuna-American, Caribbean-American and Central
American/Afro-Latino community in the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach area, the Untied States and abroad through
cultural education programs, outreach, advocacy and social services programs. GAHFU is dedicated to the dissemination
and preservation of Garifuna heritage through the arts, music, culture and language education, in addition to providing social and
cultural awareness programs such as youth mentoring/leadership, Garifuna classes, cultural competency and enrichment programs,
community forums, and more. GAHFU believes that having an appreciation of one’s own culture sets the stage for developing
partnership with people who come from culturally diverse backgrounds. GAHFU serves a nation that reaches across the globe
annually and seeks to educate and inform the larger Los Angeles County about Garifuna culture and the contributions that Garifuna-Americans
have made and continue to make in the social and cultural fabric in Central America, North America and the Caribbean.
Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, Inc. is an exempt organization
under section 501 ( c) (3) and all donations are tax deductible. Our main purpose is to preserve the uniqueness of the
Garifuna culture, history, language, music, arts & crafts and spirituality by working closely with community organizers
not only in Los Angeles County, but throughout the world. We seek to enhance and showcase the image and
vision of the Garifuna people through education, music and the arts. We are also committed to bringing
the necessary resources to improve the wellbeing of the Garifuna, Caribbean, Central Americans/Afro-Latino communities
through outreach, workshops/seminars and education. GAHFU
also recognizes the need to assist in acquiring adequate social service and immigration resources for the often
neglected Afro-Latino unaccompanied minors and families from Central America. GAHFU will advocate to obtain
services needed in our underserved communities. We will develop afterschool cultural enrichment classes and leadership
programs for our youth. GAHFU is also committed providing mentoring programs and provide scholarships to socio-economically
disadvantaged Garifuna children in California and in Central America. Our endeavor also includes to be able to properly channel
the music, dance and the arts to the world. There is a strong, talented and artistically inclined group
of Garifuna artists who are the lifeline of the Garifuna culture. This talent is in danger of being lost
if not preserved and/or exposed properly.
|GAHFU's LGE will be performing Wanaragua Dancing
|Drumming & dancing, Special Perf by Wanaragua
GAHFU's Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble will be participating at the Afro-Latinx Festival
February 24, 2019
11:00AM - 5:00PM
Come celebrate the cultural
diversity of the Americas and the African influence in Latin America at MOLAA's Afro-Latinx Festival! Whether
you enjoy dancing to salsa music, like munching on Peruvian anticuchos, or meeting your friends at a Capoeira studio
for a roda, you're experiencing a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas. MOLAA's
Afro-Latinx Festival highlights the African legacy in Latin America through art workshops, face painting and live
performances. Live performances by GAHFU's Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble which has put together an all-star
cast of Wanaragua (warrior dancers) from Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize as well as Gayusas (singers), and drummers.
There will also be a review of the most popular Garifuna dances known as Punta and Paranda. Don't miss
it! Roots Kreationz will be onsite selling Garifuna Arts & Crafts.
Schedule for the day
am - 5:00 pm at Viva Event Center:
DJ Eusebio Akasa
Food vendors (Side/back
12:30pm Cuentos y Cantos, story time with the Long
Beach Public Library (Screening Room)
Sculpture Garden Performances:
- 1:15pm Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble
2:00 - 3:00pm ABADA Capoeira
3:30 - 4:30pm, Quitapenas
Garifuna Street Fest 2018
"Dise luwei wageira, mémegi
ragüñu waña luagu
wanichigu - Far from our country, still we hold on to our culture - Lejos de nuestro pais, todavia nos aferramos a nuestra
The month of November is significant because Garinagu from Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua celebrate
their settlement day during this month.
Only Honduras observes it on April 12. Also, November is the original
Settlement month established by Thomas Vincent Ramos for all Garinagu.
In recognition of Garifuna Heritage Month,
Gahfu Garifuna will host the Garifuna Street Fest 2018 to celebrate all Garinagu.
Mark your calendar and save
the date Sunday, November 18, 2018. History will be made again!
Come and celebrate the 2nd annual Garifuna Street
Fest 2018 with us, there will be 2 stages, dj music, live bands, dance floor, drum workshop
& repair, Garifuna
Wanaragua mask, shell knee shakers, & outfit workshop, tight security, video game truck, jumpers, and storytelling
for the children. Also, Garifuna gastronomy, arts & crafts, and some of the greatest performers in the diaspora. We
are having a block party
on the corners of 48th & Hoover Street in South Los Angeles under the approval from
the City of Los Angeles' Special Events.
All are welcome to feel the love, enjoy the music, live the culture,
and eat the food. Welcome Budari Dance Company from New York
and to our Master of Ceremonies (MC) Araceli Allie.
*VIP section available with private table, chairs, restroom, 2 drinks, plus souvenir.
*Equipment rental and
professional sound & lights by Eden Ramos' Kim's Party Supply
|Garifuna Street Fest 2018 (323) 628-5403
|Click on the picture to order tickets online
Garifuna Street Fest 2018
|ANNUAL SPONSOR 6 YEARS SPONSORING GAHFU