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Boy spying on the street

Hopkins is a small coastal Garνfuna village in Stann Creek District in southern Belize. It is a fishing village with tourism likely as important as fishery. Walking on the main street, I spotted this little spy at a window, apparently interested in street life and passersby.

The Garνfuna are descendants of West African, Carib and Arawak people. The story begins when a group of West African Garνfuna forebears herded aboard slave ships and likely destined for New World mines and plantations wrecked off St. Vincent in 1635. They found refuge with the island's Carib Indians, immigrants from South America. The two peoples blended through marriage, creating the Garνfuna culture - Caribbean fishing and farming traditions with a mixture of South American and African music, dance, and spirituality. Later, end of 1700s, they were ousted by British troops for the benefit of English colonists and shipped to the island of Baliceaux where, imprisoned in appalling conditions, more than half died. The surviving Garνfuna were eventually shipped to the island of Roatαn (Honduras) from where they soon began to spread to neighbouring coastal regions. Their arrival in Belize would be around 1802. The Garνfuna people (total population of about 600k) now live primarily in Central America, along the Caribbean coast in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras, including the island of Roatαn. (Based on "The Garνfuna", by Susie Post Rust, nationalgeographic.com)

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