Anthropologists to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The Garifuna Heritage Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines  from July 29- Aug 2nd, 2012  of two noted Anthropologists,  Dr. Jada Benn-Torres and her husband and fellow researcher,  Dr. Gabriel Torres both of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.

The researchers will be visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadinesas part of the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project which is being managed in the North American and Caribbean Region by thePennsylvania State University’s Department of Molecular Anthropology .  The researchers will also be visiting Indigenous communities in Dominicaand Trinidad and Tobago.

The Genographic Project is a National Geographic Society sponsored study of human ancestry and migration across the world.  It is tracking human movements by studying DNA markers that are inherited from our parents over many generations.  In this study, The project is exploring the ancestry and history of Caribbean communities, specifically, their possible DNA links to indigenous groups in Central and South America, and their genetic relationships with other communities in theCaribbean.  In this Non-Medical Study,  participants who agree to become involved by signing a consent form, will be asked to share information about their family history and provide a cheek swab for a DNA sample.  All participants will receive their DNA test results by mail or email. During their visit the research team will meet with Government Officials and the media and will conduct the research in the communities ofSandyBayand Fancy.

For further information on this visit kindly contact the TGHF Office at 456-2124 or email:


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