Dangriga, formerly known as Stann Creek Town, is a town
in southern Belize
, located on the Caribbean
coast at the mouth of the North Stann Creek River. It is the capital of Belize's Stann Creek District
. Dangriga is served by the Dangriga Airport
. Commonly known as the "culture capital of Belize" due to its influence on punta
music and other forms of Garifuna
culture, Dangriga is the largest settlement in southern Belize.
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Dangriga was settled before 1832 by Garinagu
(Black Caribs, as they were known to the British) from Honduras
. For years it was the second largest population centre in the country behind Belize City
, but in recent years has been surpassed by San Ignacio
and Orange Walk Town
. Since the early 1980s Garífuna culture has undergone a revival, as part of which the town's name of Dangriga, a Garífuna word meaning "standing waters", became more widely used (but was initially adopted around 1975).
The population is mostly a mixture of Garinagu
. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, Dangriga's population in 2010 was 8,767 – 4,302 males and 4,465 females.
Dangriga is home to the Garifuna
, a cultural and ethnic group, descendants of shipwrecked slaves and native Caribs. The Garifuna have adopted the Carib language but kept their African music
al and religious traditions, while holding a central place in the history of the Catholic church
and Catholic education
in Belize. Dangriga is also where the Caribbean music, Punta Rock
, originated and where some of Belize's folk bands can be found.
In November each year there is a week-long festivity leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day, attended by Garifuna people from around the region. It includes a torchlit parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of the patriot and social activist Thomas Vincent Ramos
, selection of Miss Garifuna, parades and special church services, and The T.V. Ramos Classic Bike Race.
The 19 November is Garifuna Settlement Day
*Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
, located southwest of Dangriga.
*Mayflower Archeological Reserve, consisting of three ruins, two waterfalls and a view of Hopkins village as well as of the Caribbean Sea
*Dangriga is also a mainland access point to popular cayes
in Southern Belize, including Tobacco Caye
and Royal Belize
The city is served by Southern Regional Hospital
, mathematician and astrophysicist
, artist and musician residing in Germany. Originator of Punta Rock.
, designer of the Mercury capsule, and contributed to the later Gemini and Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttle.
*T. V. Ramos
civil rights activist from Puerto Cortez, Honduras.
*Ada Mari Cayetano-Kax'Oxo / Pan Africanist, Nurse-Midwife and PhD Nursing Professor (University of the District of Columbia).
*Benjamin Nicholas / Artist, Sculptor and Painter.
* Osmond P. Martin
, first native Belizean Catholic bishop.
* Rebecca Rath
, Model and Miss Belize 2016
* Rakeem Nuñez-Roches
, American football
player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Official Dangriga websiteAbout 100 photos with Garifuna, from early 20th century Dangriga Tourism Website
File:Grigadan.JPG|Dangriga main street
File:Grigadan3.JPG|Garifuna Gulisi Museum
File:Grigadan2.JPG|"Drums of Our Fathers" Monument
Category:Populated places in Stann Creek District
Category:Dangriga (Belize House constituency)
Category:Government of Belize