Non-material Patrimony: the language, the dance and the music of the Garífuna.

The Garífuna, also know as the Black Caribs or the Garinagu, are descendants of the Carib Indians and the African slaves that were shipwrecked on the island of San Vicente. Today, these communities live in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

 

The Garífuna language has survived centuries of persecution and linguistic domination. It belongs to the Arawak family of languages and has a wealth of  “úragas”, stories told during evening events and grand meetings.

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The Río Plátano Biosphere

This is a zone of great biodiversity comprising ecosystems including swamps, mangroves, pine forests, savannas, dwarf forests, in the Caribbean zone of Honduras and in 1982 UNESCO included it on its list of World Patrimony.

 

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Copán

“In the world of Maya archaeology, the name Copán stands out as the Athens of the Ancient Western Civilization”

 

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UNESCO Patrimony

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Honduras has one cultural site and one natural zone, registered on the list of World Patrimony: the Maya excavation of  Copán and the Biosphere río Plátano Reserve. The  Garífuna culture has been recognized as a non-material patrimony.

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Conservation of Living Patrimonies

These are traditions passed down from generation to generation, constantly re-created by the communities, which reinforce a sentiment of identity and promote respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

 

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Conservación de los patrimonios vivos

Son tradiciones que se transmiten de generación en generación, recreadas constantemente por las comunidades, que infunden un sentimiento de identidad y promueven el respeto por la diversidad cultural y la creatividad humana.

 

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Oxcart and Driver tradition

Costa Rica also has an element of its own culture on the list of Patrimony of Mankind in the form of its oxcart and driver tradition.

 

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El boyero y las carreteras

Asimismo, Costa Rica cuenta con un elemento propio de su cultura en la lista del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad: la tradición del boyero y las carretas.

 

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Coiba National Park and its special marine protection zone.

Thanks to its size, covering over 270.000 hectares, the wealth of its islands and the waters surrounding it, this is one of the natural jewels of Panama that protects, marine, island and coastal ecosystems. The largest of the volcanic islands is Coiba and its companions, the islands of Jicarón, Afuerita and Pájaros, and others, form the 53.500 hectares of insular territory. This park was declared Patrimony of Mankind in 2005.

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La Amistad International Park

Popularly known as “la Pila”. It is a park covering 207.000 hectares with extensive forest, located in the Talamanca mountain range. It comprises a series of protected areas: the Barú Volcano National Park, The Fortuna Forest Reserve and the Palo Seco Protective Forest on the Panamanian side, since the park is shared with Costa Rica. In 1983 UNESCO included it in its List of Patrimonies of Mankind.

 

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