The Garifuna people mostly live along the Caribbean Coast of Honduras, but there are also smaller populations in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.There are also many Garifuna in the United States, particularly in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Seattle, and other major cities.
Indigenous communities are targeted, killed for their work fighting for their land and the environment."I fear for my life," she said in an interview with El Universo newspaper in July. Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan president, expressed Venezuela's solidarity with "the people of Honduras in their moment of pain for the assassination of Berta Caceres." Ms Caceres was well known for her fearless fight in what is one of the most murderous countries in the world.In 2015, she was awarded the Goldman Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for grass-roots environmentalism. The name Guatemala, meaning "land of forests," was derived from one of the Mayan dialects spoken by the indigenous people at the time of the Spanish conquest in 1523.It is used today by outsiders, as well as by most citizens, although for many purposes the descendants of the original inhabitants still prefer to identify themselves by the names of their specific language dialects, which reflect political divisions from the sixteenth century.We should all honour the brave contribution of Caceres." The world has lost an incredible indigenous leader.We should all honor the brave contributions of Cáceres – environmentalist, humanitarian and inspiration to all.The pejorative terms indio and natural have been replaced in polite conversation and publication by Indígena .Persons of mixed or non-indigenous race and heritage may be called Ladino , a term that today indicates adherence to Western, as opposed to indigenous, culture patterns, and may be applied to acculturated Indians, as well as others.Their ancestors are believed to have conquered these areas from their previous inhabitants, the Igneri.Since April 12, 1797, the Garifuna people have been living in Central America, where they speak the Garifuna language.