Today, most Garifuna people live along the coast of Belize and a few other Central American countries. They have their own traditions, cooking style, and language.
In Dangriga, I learned to make cassava bread. This is a traditional Garifuna food. Cassava is a root vegetable that is similar to a potato. Cassava bread doesn’t have many nutrients. Like a lot of breads and starches, it’s used to help you feel full. It’s best served with a traditional dish like fish in coconut soup.
Music and dance are also an important part of Garifuna culture. I met a group of Garifuna singers and dancers who demonstrated and explained one of their traditional dances - Jankunu dance. For this dance, male dancers wear brightly-colored headdresses, strings of shells on their knees, and white clothing. The costume is meant to make the dancer look like a white European master. Each step tells the story of the Garifuna.