Punta Gorda, Roatán

I love the island of Roatán, one of the Bay Islands in Honduras. In 2011, I was lucky enough to have my tour guide and friend Dioxi spend to day with me in her home town (and the neighbouring town of Oakridge). Such a beautiful way of life.
IMG 2580  The image of Garifuna hero and high Chief Joseph Satuye and the Satuye Memorial Park in Punta Gorda, Roatan.  The plaque reads, in part, "with unity there is power." : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 2587  The image of Satuye stands tall holding a conch shell which he uses to summon fellow Garifunas (known to history of "Black Caribs" to war.) : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 2651  A solitary coral fan. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 2672  A small sculpture embedded into the wall and entrance of the "Crab's Cave" as inspired by a mayan image. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán
IMG 2680  A life like sculpture at crab's cave. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 2737  A bird's eye view of Alligator town, a neighborhood in the town of Punta Gorda. The solitary mangrove in the ocean has become an iconic symbol of the town because of its central location. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 2833  Punta Gorda's local public school. Grades 1-9. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 2880  Children prepare for a major festival the next day that  celebrates the town's birthday and anniversary of the exile from their homeland in the southern Caribbean by the British. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán
IMG 2977  The school has a heritage program that aims to teach the children about their Garifuna heritage. These are the drums the children use in learning and performing folk dance and drumming. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3029  The stage in the meeting area of the school. Serves as a playground and a place of assembly. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3080  A hallway in Jose Santos Guardiola Educación Basica. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3198  Wharf in front of solitary mangrove. Children love swimming in this area. They call it "la piscina" (the pool). The waters are pristine and they love to jump off of the mangrove into the water. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán
IMG 3208  A fishing stage off in the distance. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3216  Ruthie's Garifuna cuisine has a palapa out on the water. The canoe that is tied to the posts is painted in the color of the Garifuna flag: Yellow, Black and White. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3247  A fisherman leaving the fishing stage in his dug out dory canoe. Many have gone to making these canoes out of fiberglass. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3269  The domino hut. In the afternoons, men gather to play domino under this hut on the beach. The zinc was placed to shield from the pesky east wind. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán
IMG 3298  Wooden canoe. Indicative of the way of life that centers around life in the water. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3300 : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3337  A patched up wooden dug out canoe. Still in use. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán IMG 3377  This is an old traditional dugout canoe. At this point, the owner still would use it several times a week. It has stood the test of time with a few patches to show for it. : Honduras, Punta Gorda, Roatán
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