GUYANA: Forest Spirits or Bush Spirits of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples – by Rosaliene Bacchus

by Rosaliene Bacchus – BLOG: Three Worlds One Vision

Photo: Silk Cotton Tree – Santa Mission Indigenous Settlement – Guyana

On October 8, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a presidential proclamation declaring October 11th as a national holiday in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Does this mean that we will no longer remember this day as Columbus Day? Growing up in what was then British Guiana, I was taught to regard the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) as a hero.

During his four voyages to the New World, he explored a vast area of the Caribbean Region that he called the West Indies. The gentle and kindhearted indigenous Arawak peoples who first welcomed Columbus and his crew knew not the misery that this encounter would later unleash upon their world.

Based on what Columbus told Peter Martyr, who recorded his voyages, Martyr wrote: “They seeme to live in that golden worlde of the which olde writers speake so much, wherein menne lived simply and innocently without enforcement of lawes, without quarreling, judges and libelles, content onely to satisfie nature, without further vexation for knowledge of things to come.” [As quoted by Edmund S. Morgan in his article “Columbus’ Confusion About the New World”]

READ MORE: http://rosalienebacchus.blog/2021/10/10/forest-spirits-or-bush-spirits-of-guyanas-indigenous-peoples/

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