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Honduras: Preserving native Bay Island culture and involving youth on Roatan Island
The Bay Islands, located approximately 40 miles off the coast of Honduras in Central America, are an Anglophone Caribbean enclave in a predominantly Spanish speaking region. Roatan, which is the largest island in the chain, is now a popular daily port of call for large holiday cruise ships.
Honduras acquired sovereignty over the Bay Islands in 1860, however it was not until the rapid growth of the tourist industry in the 1990s that Hispanicization and other assimilationist measures began to gather momentum.
Spanish speaking immigrants from the Honduran mainland currently comprise over 70 percent of the Bay Island population and the predominantly Afro-Caribbean native Bay Islanders are now engaged in a struggle to maintain their culture and identity and derive some benefits from the booming economy.
In this audio interview Natalee Forbes, a native Bay Island educator and cultural researcher, provides insight into efforts at cultural preservation, bilingual education, increasing youth participation, and ensuring greater economic opportunity.
Running Time: 10min:49 secs