With the increase in visibility surrounding Afro-Latinxs in the United States, there’s also been greater recognition of identities within such as the Garifuna community. Garinagu, plural of Garifuna, describes both a language and group of people that reside along the coast of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Belize. Never enslaved, Garinagu are descendants of West African survivors of human cargo ships that were wrecked off the island of St. Vincent.
Over 200 years later—221 to be exact—the Garinagu are still present in Central America and across the U.S. Here 12 women of Guatemalan, Honduran and Belizean descent share what it means to be Garifuna and how they preserve the culture: