Category Archives: Birds and animals

GUYANA: The Barima-Mora Passage – Region One – “Most intact mangrove ecosystems”

REEL GUYANA Video: Premiered on November 15, 2020

Guyana’s most intact mangrove ecosystems are found within a very special place in Region One, known as the Barima-Mora Passage. Beyond its rich mangrove population, this area is home to a number of IUCN red listed species, rich biodiversity, and incredible indigenous culture.     Continue reading

Guyanese Words and Names – By Geoff Burrowes + Video “Song of Guyana’s Children”

 By Geoff Burrowes

If you or your parents are Guyanese you have probably heard some or all of these words: (phonetical spellings)

        Kiskadee, Blue Saki, Carrion Crow, Crapaud, Mypuri, Fowl cock, Buxton Spice mango, Starapple, Mami apple, Golden Apple, Sugar Apple, Awara, Genip, Jamoon, Breadfruit, Mauger like a Yow, Hungish, Bruk Foot, Nharra, Fresh Cold, Banga Mary, Hassah, Patwa, Mauby, Ginger Beer, Man Piaba, Woman Piaba, Granny Backbone, Lemon Grass, Conga Pump, Wirry wirry pepper, Karilla.      Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Colourful Tales from Kiskadee Village – by Francis Quamina Farrier

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COMMENTARY- by Francis Quamina Farrier

Reality is that we are living in some extremely challenging and uncertain times in this year 2020. Some of us are resolute in ensuring that we stay on top of the COVID-19 pandemic situation which is testing us to the very core. While most of us in Guyana obey the COVID-19 protocols, sadly there are those who do not, resulting in the constant increases in cases and deaths.

Recently, I interviewed a few residents of Kiskadee Village on a few burning issues of the day. But first let me alert you that Kiskadee Village is a mythical community. However, the people who I have interviewed for this article, are real people. Kiskadee Village is the creation of celebrated Guyanese-born, Holland-based, authoress, Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra. By invitation of the Mayor, I visited and have this special report from Kiskadee Village.        Continue reading

Guyana: Protected Area Profile: The Kanuku Mountains Protected Area (KMPA) – ‘Mountains of Life’

  October 7, 2020

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THE Kanuku Mountains, one of the stunning mountain ranges of the Rupununi Savannahs, has, for centuries, played an invaluable role in the conservation of the region’s biodiversity; and remains the ‘Mountains of Life’ to traditional Macushi and Wapishan communities that inhabit its surrounding environs.

This week we will take a closer look at the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area (KMPA), focusing on its history and, natural and human wellbeing values which were reasons for it being protected for present and future generations.      Continue reading

Discover Guyana – Why I Love Guyana – by Barbadian Davina Layne – Video

#DiscoverGuyana – Why I Love Guyana – Davina Layne

Meet Barbadian national Davina Layne who called Guyana home for two years. Learn what she thought, how Guyana opened her eyes, and why she loves Guyana.

Commentary: Mixed bag – By Dave Martins

By Dave Martins –  August 2, 2020 – Stabroek News

Any writer of a regular column will tell you of the variety of items that you put away, intended for another day. Like today. I must tell you, before I forget, to definitely watch a post my musician friend George Jardim has posted. It’s Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing, ukulele acoustic stuff (don’t let the word “ukulele” distract you; it is indeed “intense rhythm” coming at you non-stop. (see video below). I don’t know where Jardim finds these things). It’s not long, three and a half minutes or so but check particularly around 1:30 for some real fireworks.      Continue reading

CONSERVATION: Iwokrama – a sanctuary to be proud of – By Dave Martins

By Dave Martins – Stabroek News – September 13, 2020

It may seem a little over the top to say “sanctuary”, but in fact it’s not…that is precisely what Iwokrama is, embedded in the very centre of Guyana, like a navel, but of course a huge one of many miles.  The actual name is “Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development” and it is an entity to make us all proud for the sanctuary it truly is for our environment, and proud also for the efficient, professional way the Centre goes about its resolve of preservation and of continuance.

It shows up in many ways and for me, a fine example is the series of three booklets, or Guides to Iwokrama, as they are labelled, each of them professionally designed and printed in a four-colour display that is a joy to peruse.  There are three booklets (there may well be more in the works) and they are labelled GUIDES, with each booklet focusing on a particular subject…    Continue reading

Commentary: Guyana: The Hinterland – By Dave Martins

I have to declare that in the midst of all the high-tech life we’re enmeshed in these days, right in the very heart of it, like sitting in an airport lounge in North America recently, my mind, seemingly on its own, will take charge of me, like a tap on the shoulder, and send me back to some crystal clear memory (I’ve mentioned some of them before) that  ends up slowing me for a few minutes, literally not moving, reliving what once was, photographs of life in some reservoir somewhere, some of them very old, but all of them crystal clear and sometimes suggesting music.

One of them goes back to the time when the Martins family lived at Vreed-en-Hoop (I was going to school at Saints on a scholarship) and we would spend a good portion of the August school break at my father’s farm in the Pomeroon, about two miles downriver from Charity.        Continue reading

Guyana: Geography: The Savanna Region – Part 4 of 4

The Savanna Region – Geography of Guyana – Part 4 of 4
–A Documentary …. by Lal Balkaran
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This is the fourth and final documentary on the Geography of Guyana in text and pictures that focusses on the fourth natural region known as the Savanna Region. It is over 25 minutes of viewing and consists of six maps, over 200 lines of text, and almost 100 photographs, the majority of which are stunning. The documentary profiles and captures the way to look at this region – both physical, political, economic, cultural, and human.          Continue reading

Guyana: Geography: Highland or Forest Region – Part 3 of 4

A Documentary by Lal Balkaran  – Part 3 of 4

It is the third of a four-part documentary on the Geography of Guyana in text and pictures that focusses on the third natural region known as the Highland or Forest Region. It is close to 24 minutes of viewing and consists of over 200 lines of text, almost 70 photographs, some of which are indeed stunning and taken by the author himself, and eight maps. The documentary profiles and captures the way to look at this region – both physical, political, economic, cultural, and human.

Included in the documentary are photos of the forest itself, major waterfalls, mountains, rivers, minerals, and the 547-km Georgetown-Lethem Road.

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