Garifuna is an Arawakan language of Central America, spoken by more than 100,000 people in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Belize.
The Garifuna people are largely mixed-race (and frequently referred to as the Black Caribs)--their community is said to have originated because
Carib tribes attacking Spanish ships in the 1600's accepted the African slaves they freed from them as comrades-at-arms. This alliance served
both peoples very well, as the Africans were never re-enslaved and the Garifuna are one of the few Carib peoples to have survived as a
distinct culture and with their native language thriving.