Documentary: Cuffy Face of a Rebellion 2015

Documentary: Cuffy Face of a Rebellion 2015

Published on Aug 16, 2015

Cuffy: Face of a Rebellion is a Green Mango Media documentary by journalist Amanda Wilson which explores the origins and legacy of the 1763 Berbice Rebellion led by Guyanese national hero Cuffy.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On August 31, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Cyril, thanks for sharing the link.

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 31, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I was checking out the “buck-bead gun” – little things mean a lot. Nostalgia. Memories are made of this –

  • Ron. Persaud  On August 31, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Yeeeessssss!!! All we needed was an accommodating carpenter/joiner to fashion a block of wood into the shape of a handgun. The tricky part was drilling a depression into the top back. Loosely nailing the trigger ranked second. With about a dozen rubber bands we would then rig the trigger to stay closed and a free-ended rubber band to contain the ammunition – buck bead, jumbie bead, raw channa (lifted from the open displays in the ‘market’). It was a rite of passage to be able to load a rubber gun! Sadly, I must admit to harassing stray dogs. But we would play cowboys and Indians with only unarmed missiles. (the grandmother thing!)
    Jumbie beads were often put in the glass kerosene-container of the wall lamp. There was a plausible reason which I cannot now recall.
    Before one was old enough to be trusted with a rubber gun, he had to be content with a facsimile made by dexterously folding the insert of a “Lighthouse” cigarette pack.
    In Agriculture school there was a saying, “We use everything from the pig except the squeal”.
    The “Lighthouse” pack of cigarettes was similar. The elders smoked the cigarettes; we learned to make a decent doormat by cutting and fitting the outer package; the inner package made the toy gun; the silver paper made ‘gold teeth’ and the tissue lining made music with a comb.
    The outer cellophane wrapper was the only thing discarded.

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