Daily Archives: 05/12/2011

“Arrivals, Encounters, Exchange” Symposium: Call for Participation

“Arrivals, Encounters, Exchange” Symposium: Call for Participation

May 11, 2011
Dear Colleagues:

This year the Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(C) 3 organization, is celebrating its 10th anniversary under the theme “Aaal Bady, Waan Bady.”   Each year, the association organizes a symposium as part of the annual Guyana Folk Festival celebrations.  Over the years, the symposium has focused on themes such as Guyanese music (2003), language (2004), dance (2005), Carifesta (2006), and our villages (2010).

This year’s symposium will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at EdZone, Teacher’s College/Columbia University, New York, NY 10027.  The theme is “Arrivals, Encounters, Exchange,” focusing on the on-going process of (aal bady) becoming (wan bady)–Guyanese.  The goal of the 2011 symposium, therefore, is to explore contemporary ideas about Guyanese culture.   The organizers invite the submission of papers and proposals for panels that examine the cultural exchanges that have emerged in Guyana as a result of the arrivals and encounters among our multiple ancestors.

Persons interested in submitting papers or panel proposals are invited to register by proposing a provisional topic by May 30, 2011.  Paper abstracts are due by June 30, 2011.  Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should be sent in electronic form or hard copy to Dr. Vibert C. Cambridge at cambridg@ohio.edu or at School of Media Arts and Studies, RTVC 213, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701.

The attached document provides further details on the symposium’s mission, objectives, and potential topics.

The Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc., appreciates your support over the past ten years and looks forward to your continued support.  Please feel free to circulate this e-mail and attachment among your networks.


Vibert Cambridge (President), Romesh Singh (Vice President), Juliet Emanuel (Secretary)
Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc.

DownloadGCA_2011_Symposium_2011Call_for_Participation PDF



The following is a compilation of a relatively short list of Guyanese proverbs and their approximate meanings. The proverbs are expressed in the Guyanese Creolese language.

1. All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way. Though people may look alike because of their mode of dress, they are different in their ways.
2. Baby who ah cry ah house and ah door ah same thing. The same manner in which you treats your child, you should treat another’s.
3. Belly full behind drunk. After you have eaten and drunken much you tend to become lazy.
4. Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf. When a great man falls, he is no longer feared and respected.
5. Bush get ears and dutty get tongue. Sometimes you think that what you do or say nobody sees or hears, but yet your secrets are known.
6. Cat foot soft but he ah scratch bad. Some people may seem friendly and understanding but to your surprise it is not really so.
7. Cuss when yuh ah guh, nah wheh yuh ah come out. You must not curse the place that you have come from, because sometime in the future you may have to return there.
8. Contrary breeze ah mek crow and eagle light on one line. When there is trouble, enemies are sometimes forced to get together to solve problems.
9. Cow deh a pasture he nah remember seh dog and butcher deh till he see am. Sometimes when you think you are safe, danger is lurking nearby.
10. Cat a ketch rat, but he a teef he massa fish. Good and evil come from the same source.

See complete list here: >http://www.guyana.org/proverbs.html

Bob Marley- 30 years later

Bob Marley- 30 years later

  April 11, 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of the passing of Robert Nestor Marley – Bob Marley:  (1945-1981)

Bob Marley is considered as the man who made Reggae, especially “Roots Reggae” popular around the world and basically put Jamaica on the map as a musical hub in the Caribbean.

His music has been carried on by his wife Rita,  his children and other relatives.  Today, everyone in the music world knows who Bob Marley is and could name at least one of his songs.  Here is one of them and others that follow:

Movie on Bob Marley planned: http://www.newsamericasnow.com/get-ready-for-%E2%80%9Cmarley%E2%80%9D-the-movie-three-decades-after-death-of-bob/

Wikipedia – Bob Marley herehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_marley

Hear more of his music herehttp://www.last.fm/music/Bob+Marley