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The Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual of Belize

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Robert

It is fascinating how the Garifuna keep alive the collective memory of slavery as a cultural creation that gets passed down to each new generation. We are indebted to Greene for taking us into this tradition and allowing us to see it through their eyes.

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