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Welcome to the Clifford J. Palacio Garifuna Language & Culture Academy
We have proudly been serving the community through education, forums, workshops and presentations since 2005.

The Clifford J. Palacio Garifuna Language & Culture Academy of Los Angeles is a concept started by GAHFU, Inc. The school was established in 2005 and it was first held at Maabatuwa Cultural Center of Los Angeles. After Maabatuwa, GAHFU saw the need to establish a more permanent school where families could attend and learn. The purpose of this project is to preserve the Garifuna language spoken and written which is the lifeline of the Garifuna people. Those who are fluent in Garifuna can improve their vocabulary and learn how to read and write the Garifuna language following the standardized rules accorded in the last convention by the Garifuna Nation scholars. The school was renamed the Clifford J. Palacio Language & Culture Academy in honor of Mr. Palacio for his lifelong dedication in teaching the Garifuna language and grammar to many generations. Mr. Palacio's legacy continues through the teachers at the Clifford J. Palacio Language & Culture Academy whom were all trained by Mr. Palacio.

The Clifford J. Palacio Garifuna Language & Culture Academy will deliver four 8-week radio programs starting on February17, 2016 with Garifuna History class taught by Dr. Theodore Aranda. Then, in mid April, the Garifuna Language class will follow for another 8 weeks taught by a recognized scholar to be announced. It will focus on learning abut how to read and write the language. The next 8-week radio program will start in late June with the Garifuna Spirituality and Garifunaduau class taught by another well-known Garifuna. The final 8-week radio program will start in early September with more Garifuna language classes.

*This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation.

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Welcome to the Clifford J. Palacio J. Palacio Garifuna Language & Culture Academy Online.  We are offering an 8-week session on Garifuna History taught by renown scholar Dr. Theodore Palacio.  Each lesson broadcasted on http://lmbroots.com/lmbradio/ and www.raciocentroamerica.com will be recorded and archived on YouTube's GAHFU Channel for on demand listening for free.  The homework and/or handout will be available on this website and on Facebook's Garifuna Language & Culture Academy Public Group page.

To get a copy of the homework or handout for any lesson online, please send us a request indicating which lesson you need the homework or handout for:

 or write us to: garifunaheritagefoundation@yahoo.com

 

Language Preservation Program:

Preserving language, culture and heritage is one of the focuses of the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, and that is why we offer Garifuna language classes every Saturday during the school year through the Clifford J. Palacio Language and Culture Academy. These classes go hand in hand with cultural dance and drumming classes. Classes are offered on Saturday mornings and provide instruction at the beginners, intermediate and advance levels. We are proud to say that our volunteer teachers provide quality Garifuna language instruction and provide individuals of all ages and background with quality cultural education.

For more information regarding language or dance classes, please contact GAHFU at (323) 898-6841

2015 Summer Language & Culture Class starting soon
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2014 Garifuna Language & Culture Academy
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Garifuna drumming class
Counting in Garifuna
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ABCs in Garifuna
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The Clifford J. Palacio Cultural Workshop Series

Welcome to the Clifford J. Palacio Garifuna Language & Culture Academy
We have proudly been serving the community through education, forums, workshops and presentations since 2005.

The Clifford J. Palacio Garifuna Language & Culture Academy of Los Angeles is a concept started by GAHFU, Inc. The school was established in 2005 and it was first held at Maabatuwa Cultural Center of Los Angeles.  After Maabatuwa, GAHFU saw the need to establish a more permanent school where families could attend and learn.  The purpose of this project is to preserve the Garifuna language spoken and written which is the lifeline of the Garifuna people.  Those who are fluent in Garifuna can improve their vocabulary and learn how to  read and write the Garifuna language following the standardized rules accorded in the last convention by the Garifuna Nation scholars. The school was renamed the Clifford J. Palacio Language & Culture Academy in honor of Mr. Palacio for his lifelong dedication in teaching the Garifuna language and grammarr to many generations. Mr. Palacio's legacy  continues through the teachers at the Clifford J. Palacio Language & Culture Academy whom were all trained by Mr. Palacio. 

*This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation.

Free Garifuna Classes!

Come join us to learn the Garifuna language, grammar, history, traditional songs and drumming for free.
The lessons are designed for school aged children, teens and adults
Workbooks are available for a small donation of $20

For free Garifuna lessons on-line, please visit www.youtube.comand type GAHFU Channel on the search window.  There are over 40 videos uploaded for you to watch on demand whenever you want and whatever you are.  Also, visit our www.facebook.com page under: GAHFU Garifuna for up-to-date information on events in the community including special presentations at the academy.

GAHFU, INC. welcomes international and local students interested in the language revival project!

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This project has been made possible in part by a
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grant from ACTA, in partnership with Walter & Elise Haas Fund, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Booklet: Standarization of the Garifuna Language
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Manual: Estandarizacion de la Lengua Garifuna

GAHFU does not offer membership however, we are fortunate to have the volunteer involvement from the community of concerned citizens who are dedicated towards the preservation and dissemination of the Garifuna culture. GAHFU reserves the right to terminate volunteer staff and program participants from any of its programs without cause or notice.  Volunteer board, officer, staff and volunteer program participants (students and LGE participants) have the same rights to resign from participating and volunteering with GAHFU without cause or notice.