Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United Launches YouTube Channel


ACTA - Posted on 07 September 2010

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Based in Los Angeles, the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United (GAHFU) is an organization whose use of internet technology is galvanizing the renaissance of its cultural riches.  You can now watch some of GAHFU's language and cultural offerings on their newly launched YouTube channel.  GAHFU's YouTube videos compliment their free weekly language and culture classes.  The lessons are also made available online, making it possible for tens of thousands of worldwide listeners to join the GAHFU's Los Angeles classroom.  A grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program helps to support GAHFU's language and culture classes.

As descendants of African slaves to the New World, the Garifuna survived what was surely to be its demise when left to perish on an inhabitable island in the Caribbean.  The Garifuna people -- who primarily live in Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua -- were recognized by UNESCO in 2001 when their language, music, and dance were declared masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.

GAHFU President Cheryl Noralez says, "Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United (GAHFU) invites you to view our brand new videos of our past and current events on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gahfu&aq=f.  These videos are not just part of GAHFU's history, as we embark on our sixth year as an organization serving our community, but they also represent a part of our continued Garifuna history that is being made every day. GAHFU is committed to our motto 'Dedicated to the Preservation of Our Culture,' our Garifuna culture.  If you have not had the opportunity to attend any one of GAHFU's events, we invite you to come join us for a virtual cultural experience which we hope you will enjoy.  We hope to see you soon at a GAHFU event."

For more information about GAHFU, visit their website.

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