This is the first on-location recording of the folk music of the Garifuna people. The songs reflect the varied history of the nomadic Garifuna, who constantly roam from their home of San Vicente Island. Music and dance are the core of their lives; their music features the rhythmic dynamism and diversity that derives from their African heritage, along with repeated melodies of inherent beauty and simplicity, accompanied by a variety of traditional drums, tortoise shells, clappers, maracas and conch shells, which are used as wind instruments. Aurelio Martinez and Lucas Caldren formed Lita Ariran in Honduras in 1989 with the goal of reinforcing the cultural identity of the Garifuna. Due to modern economic conditions, many of these people have been leaving their villages and their country to seek better opportunities in the U.S. and elsewhere. Lita Ariran are struggling to preserve the gradually disappearing traditions in light of these circumstances, playing a valiant role as the irreplaceable successors of the traditional arts of their people.