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Arts and Culture


For our Economic Development Initiative, GAMAE Arts & Culture Division seeks funds for our arts education programs. We look to further build on the community momentum to provide employment, economic opportunities and create entrepreneurs to alleviate poverty, and to assist in moving the Garifuna people into the 21st century and beyond.


Eleanor Castillo-Bullock was born in the small coastal village of Dangriga, also known as Stan Creek, in Belize.Eleanor became a leading figure in a rowing renaissance of young Garifuna intellectuals, artists and scholars who write poetry, drama and plays in their native Garifuna language. As a graduate of Syracuse University, Visual and Performing Arts Program, Eleanor saw an opportunity to create and design performing arts programs based on the Garifuna culture and language. She has created and designed a full scope of Garifuna multi-generational language immersion program with an ensemble of some of the best traditional Garifuna music, songs, and unique Garifuna poetry and drama for Garifuna as well as non-Garifuna children. She is currently working on a Language Revitalization Project in the Performing Arts to ensure the survival of her indigenous language.

A Language Revitalization Project in the Performing Arts

In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed the traditional language, dance and music of the Garifuna a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Without the preservation of the traditional Garifuna language and its oral tradition of passing stories, beliefs and concepts from one generation to the next, the Garifuna culture and language could be forever lost.


Dangriga, Belize, 2005 & 2008St. Peter’s Catholic Church (Brooklyn, NY) 2009 St. Vincent & the Grenadines, 2011 Phillips Academy (Andover, MA) 2013 New Jersey Folk Festival, Rutgers University
(New Brunswick, NJ) 2013
Martha Mitchell Recreation
(Bronx, NY) 2013


Garifuna Language Performing Arts Program

Countries with Garifuna people





St. Vincent & the Grenadines

A Language Revitalization Project in the Performing Arts

It is estimated that, if nothing is done, half of 6000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century. With the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity would lose not only a cultural wealth but also important ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages. -UNESCO


Habinaha Garinagu is a Garifuna Language Revitalization Program that teaches the Garifuna heritage, history, language and culture through the performing arts. Through this interpretive exhibition of dance, drama, music and storytelling, we aim to promote, protect and preserve Garifuna culture and language and to pass down traditional Garifuna knowledge and sacred rituals to the younger generation in an effort to raise their cultural awareness and to increase their knowledge of the Garifuna history, traditions, values, culture and language. Since 2005, the talented performers of the Habinaha Garinagu program have shared the cultural traditions and expressions of the Garifuna people with audiences in the US and abroad. Garifuna and non-Garifuna children, youth and young adults perform together, singing traditional Garifuna songs with lyrics transposed to English, allowing participants and audience members to understand the performance and ultimately know the story of the Garifuna people.


Interested in presenting traditional Garifuna language and culture?


Eleanor Castillo-Bullock

732) 895-5960
[email protected]

GAMAE Garifuna Performing Arts Company and our Artistic Director welcome invitations for

performances, exhibitions,
workshops, seminars, lectures,
and classroom discussions
and demonstrations.

GAMAE International, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible