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Afro-Indigenous Histories of Food and Gardening in the Bronx

Friday, April 8, 2022

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Garifuna Food Traditions: Keeping Connected

Exiled from their Caribbean homeland of Saint Vincent in the late 18th century, Garifuna Indigenous communities have settled around the world, from Central America to England and the Bronx, cultivating unique and vibrant culinary traditions.

This in-person seminar gathers well-known Garifuna authors, artists, journalists, and food specialists Janel Martinez, Luz Soliz-Ramos, and Isha Sumner (moderator). As Garifuna women have done for centuries, they continue to plant essential crops and tend gardens to connect with the earth, with their ancestors, and also to establish roots in the United States today.

In a lively discussion co-hosted by Fordham University’s Dr. Julie Kim, the panel explores food customs as a defining element of culture, and shares personal and familial experiences with traditional Garifuna dishes, including Hudutu, a coconut fish stew served with mashed plantains—ingredients that are available in local markets or grown in community gardens.

Following the discussion, attendees are invited to explore a special, curated display of contemporary cookbooks along with works related to Garifuna history from the Mertz Library collections.

Photo © Milton Guity Jr. for Weiga Let’s Eat!


Thank you for your interest. This event is now at capacity and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Stay tuned for future events from the Humanities Institute at NYBG.

About the Speakers

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Presented by the Humanities Institute with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation