GUYANA – The Land of Many Waters and Fish – Dmitri Allicock



A Wai-Wai shooting fish – Upper Demerara River –  early 1900’s

GUIANA is the Amerindian word for the Country between the two rivers Orinoco and Amazon and derived from the root word” Winna” meaning “water or watery country” and to all Guyanese it known as “the land of many waters”.

Approximately 90% of Guyana’s population, affected by history, still lives along the coastal plains. An exceptionally large portion of this sparsely populated vast country’s interior is uninhabited or lightly populated. It boasts four mountain ranges including Mount Roraima 9,304 feet, over 270 Waterfalls, 18 lakes and dense equatorial and largely virgin tropical rainforest covering over 80% of this country.

The area sustains over 1000 tree species, 1,200 mammals, birds and 1800 species of fish.

Read complete article – FISHING IN GUYANA – by Dmitri Allicock

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  • Cyril Balkaran  On June 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The Land of Many waters is aptly the description that fits the Country of Guyana. Many of us have been born in the Coastal regions of Guyana, we continue to live there and never care to visit the hinterlands because we feel estranged from such a remote place. We believe that its not our land and that it belongs to the Amerindians who live there. We need to change our thinking and to start building our own boats to go up the rivers and explore for ourselves this region we call our own. Are we adventurous or are we Coastal Lovers that we born, live and continue to die on the coastal regions of Guyana.
    The other day one Charles from the UK has claimed that he was the first to go up and down the Potaro river and showed his film as a proof of his one man expedition to the Potaro river. Mr, Charles is from the UK and loves adventure. He recruited two members of the Warawara Tribe to guide him in this journey. In the name of Exploration the Brazilians and the Venezuealins are getting Gold Miners Liscence and making it big in the hinterlands. The Guyanese are complaining everyday while others are exploring the land and exploiting its natural resources for their own gain. Guyana has 83,000 square miles and no one wants to explore it so where do we go from here? If the Guyana Government will do nothing about land development then the Private sector can. It is left to be seen why small scale business cannot take the expeditions and or Tourists to enjoy the closer areas up the river and develop some Tourist attraction on a small scale. Even taking a trip on a speed boat will be an adventurous thing for any Tourist. Good luck to the entrepreneurs of today. Dmitri you have wakened a sleeping Giant, that is local Tourism in the land of waters and fish!

  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On June 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you most kindly Cyril, this story of fish is just the tip of the iceberg and what the story of Guyana is really all about.
    I was privileged in a limited way and was exposed to some of what Guyana’s interior has to offer in my early life. The quiet and self sufficient style of our treasured Amerindians is worth looking at; after all they have 11,000 years experience to give.
    The Guyana that lives in me is the one here.

  • needybad4u - Leonard Dabydeen  On June 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

    @Dmitri A: Thank you for your indepth and informative tourist overture of Guyana, Land of Many Waters. You make me feel as if the politics and politicking of our representatives in Government are of lesser importance, when we have such lush vegetation and fishes in abundance in the rivers, creeks and canals to enjoy. How quickly you refresh my memory of setting hook in the canal in Adelphi, Poor Hall Village, Canje, Berbice during my teen years. Then later on the Corentyne at No. 63 beach, and catching crab in Brighton. Wonderful memory. I agree with Cyril that “you have wakened a sleeping Giant” . A pleasure to read.

  • Sam  On June 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you a very beautiful country where the people that live there are not aware of.

    • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On June 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Thank you Leonard for your warm compliments, there are endless amount of great things to celebrate of our dear land of Guyana; the good and meaningful things which Guyanese talk so passionate about. Sadly the politics ranks on the opposite end on the continuum and gets in the way much too often.

  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On June 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Thank you Sam for your insight, knowledge of our cultural heritage defines who we really are.

  • saville farley  On July 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I whole heartedly agree with you!!! We do not value our cultural heritage. Please see what you can do to preserve those priceless photograps and recordings…Please contact me at and i would see what i can do to help.

  • Deen  On July 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Dmitri, another classic article (and if I may use a pun) it offers delightful food to feast on. Very informative! It educates us about the fishes and the various ways of catching fish in Guyana. Excellent job!

  • deokie  On June 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I alway look forward to your writing Dmitri – very captivating style of writing and presentation. Ordinarily I would just browse but the first article I read was illustrated with a picture of Marlyn Monroe climbing a coconut tree – I said wow – this is class! Apart from that your articles in general are very educational. Guyana is indeed a beautiful, rich country. It boggles the mind why we should really think other wise. What we need is not idustrialization but development that will preserve our natural resources including our indigenous human heritage. Civil Society can do much to document and explore our hinterland etc. Oh by the way — I am Guyanese “down to the bone” — I had dhal and rice, with fried ochro and smoked mackerel! I don’t go for the tin foods!

  • Dmitri Allicock  On June 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Bless you Deokie. I love Dhal and rice with fry fish also and could use some right now.!

  • Dmitri Allicock  On June 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    “Located next to the equator and nestled in the northeastern shoulder of South America,
    Guyana enjoys a privilege location where nature can be appreciated at its purest. “
    Read more:

  • Dmitri Allicock  On January 3, 2015 at 5:23 am

  • Sonja Yenkana  On June 18, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I call Guyana home even though my parents brought me to Canada at the age of 13. Many years ago in 1967. I was privileged to return to my home land in February of this year, 2017. I was accompanied by my cousin Rhyad Hamid, also a fellow Guyanese. We brought two friends, a Trinidadian and a Filipino, all of us in our sixties and one in her seventies. We were accompanied by two local couples and two boats men from the Maruca and Mabaruma areas.
    We took the long trek from Georgetown all the way to Port Kaituma. We lived with a wonderful Amerindian family and we were hosted by the local pastor, pastor Ansel for a total of a week. A week that I will share my memories of to my children and grandchildren.
    I ate wild cow. The best meat I ever ate. We shared so many blessings with this tiny village. As we blessed them they also blessed us. Sharing every day life is the only way to truly understand and love our fellow Guyanese.
    From there we went to Wakapow and then on to Karawap. I ate labba, haimara, washed my clothes in the Pomeroon. Met and shared with the wonderful people of my country”s interior.
    I continue to stay in touch with so many of the people I met.
    This was truly my best experience.
    I was told when I returned to Georgetown by a cousin that I had done what most Guyanese that live there they’re whole life have never experienced.
    Thank you Dimitri for your stories.

  • De castro  On March 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

    In my boyhood days

    Fished in mud trench for pattwa
    and hourie with some Hassa !
    Unaware of the risks of a hourie bite or
    Or hassa stabbing …
    Crab catching a distraction.
    Until my first .22cal air pistol.
    at 13…fathers idea for the
    hunter gatherer lifestyle.
    After my mum discovered
    we were hunting for fun not
    food 🥘 my license withdrawn.

    We were lucky to grow up
    In village and educated
    in GT on train 🚂 journey
    daily to Finish our education.

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