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The Struggle for Recognition of the Indigenous Voice in Guyanese Politics – Janette Bulkan

September is Indigenous Heritage Month in Guyana

By Janette Bulkan – University of British Columbia , Vancouver , Canada

ABSTRACT: In Guyana’s racialised geography, Amerindians live in scattered villages in the vast hinterland that covers 90% of the country. Amerindian iconography is appropriated in statemaking, even while Amerindians themselves are consigned to a patron–client relationship with the dominant ‘coastlander’ society. In the late 1950s, Amerindians made up only 4% of the national population but voted as a bloc in the national elections of 1957, 1961 and 1964, rallying around Amerindians, coastlanders, reserves, mining, Venezuelan land claim, Rupununi Uprising, proportional representation, government-organised non-governmental organisations,
Guyana Action Party the first Amerindian member of the legislature.            Continue reading

Guyana: The 2012 census; the future of the PNC, PPP and AFC – By Freddie Kissoon

Guyana Government News Brief – November 20, 2015 – GINA


Government News Brief – November 20, 2015 – GINA

  1. City Cleanup efforts showing good results.
  2. ICT  and Internet development in the hinterland for Amerindians.
  3. Improving primary health care in three hospitals outside Georgetown.
  4. Guyana Water Inc: GWI – transparency in contracting services – ending corruption.
  5. Youth key to ending ethnic division and alleviating poverty – Social Cohesion Ministry.

Guyana: Analyzing the 2015 General Elections results – Freddie Kissoon

Analyzing the 2015 General Elections results

May 30, 2015 | By | Filed Under Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

ballot boxSerious episodes of impossibilities characterized the results of the 2015 National Elections. All three parties – APNU, AFC and PPP – will have to call in their analysts to help prepare political strategies for 2020.

First, the Amerindians devastated coalition hopes. In all the Regions where there were Amerindians, the indigenous people embraced the PPP. In what can be called a caricatured victory, the coalition won Region Eight by one vote. In 2011, the PPP was beaten badly there. In 2015, the coalition increased its take by a hundred votes; the PPP by one thousand.  Continue reading

Amerindians accuse mining company of exploitation

Amerindians accuse mining company of exploitation

DECEMBER 2, 2013 | BY  |

Recent exposures of tyrannical tactics employed by foreign investors to control locals have become a cause for worry, especially in the Amerindian communities, such as Lethem.
News reaching this publication has established that on a mining site in Kurubrong, Region Eight, there are at present, several hundred Amerindians being held against their free will to work under poor conditions for menial pay.

According to information received, the company recruits its employees to work at the mining site deceitfully informing that they pay attractive wages with good benefits.
One of the ill-fated employees who happened to be caught in the trap but managed to get out, related to Kaieteur News that a “bus driver” would normally make rounds, particularly into the Region Nine communities, advertising that “his boss man” pays workers $5000 per ounce of gold retrieved. Continue reading

Expectant Fathers Macusi Culture – by Peter Halder

Expectant Fathers Macusi Culture

by Peter Halder

 The Macusi is one of 9 tribes of Amerindians in Guyana. The others are Patamona, Arecuna, Wapisiana, Carib, Warrau, Arawak, Wai Wai and Akawaio.

There was a particular culture, tradition and custom in the Macusi tribe that came to light during the 1800′s. It was known as  “expectant fathers” syndrome.

It was mentioned by Sir Everard Im Thurn, explorer and botanist in his book “Among The Indians of Guiana.” Sir Everard was Curator of the British Guiana Museum (1877-1882), then a Stipendiary Magistrate in the Pomeroon District and in December 1884, along with Harry Perkins, first scaled Mount Roraima. He travelled extensively among the Amerindians.   Read More »

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/

Nostalgia: Upper Demerara River Many Years Ago – updated

Nostalgia: Upper Demerara River Many Years Ago – updated
by Peter Halder

Economic activities in the Upper Demerara River were mainly timber grants. The first grant, I believe, was at Kumaparo, about 60 miles south of Mallali but below Great Falls. The grant was owned and operated by Willems Timber and Trading Company. Jack Willems was the owner of the Company at that time. His Manager in Georgetown was a Mr McIntyre who flew to the site regularly on an Art Williams seaplane.

Another timber grant pioneer was Harry Lorrimer. His grant was at Kumaro about 18 miles south of Mallali. He travelled by speedboat and used tugs to transport his logs to Georgetown. He was among the first to use trucks to haul timber from the forest to the bank of the river for shipping.     [Read more]

Guyana: Amerindian Heritage Month

Amerindian dancers at 2011 Celebrations

Guyana: Amerindian Heritage Month

September every year has been designated as Amerindian Heritage Month in recognition of the sacrifices and contributions of Guyana’s first inhabitants, the Amerindians. Similar observances are held in other countries to honour the contributions of their Native or Indigenous peoples. In the United States, for example, “Native American Heritage Day” is observed in late November, after Thanksgiving; and in some parts of the USA that have a large native population, the entire month of November is devoted to commemorating the Native American experience in the United States.

2012 Articles – click to read

·         Minister launches Amerindian Heritage Month

·         Amerindian Heritage Month ushers in with Inter-faith service

·         AFC – Message in Observance of Amerindian Heritage Month

         ……  Read more [Amerindian Heritage Month]

Some Unique Words of Guyana By Dmitri Allicock


By Dmitri Allicock  –  for Guyanese Online

In a country originally occupied by native tribes, (aboriginal tribes now called “Amerindians”), speaking several distinct tongues and conquered by Dutch, French and Englishmen who in turn brought the Africans, East Indians, Chinese and Portuguese, it is only reasonable to expect a survival of many strange words, which by degrees will become obsolete and unknown.

Many words used for hundreds of years have survived in various degrees depending on geography and travel. Some words are spelled and pronounced a little different but continue to convey the same meaning. Many of these words are unique to Guyana however some of them are also well known in the West Indian Islands.                  Continue reading

Amerindians faced disadvantages in general election – EAB

Amerindians faced disadvantages in general election – Elections Assistance Bureau Report

(Demerara Waves) – April 1, 2012

Amerindians encountered difficulties before and during last year’s general election, resulting in low voter-turnout, a large number of rejected ballots in at least three hinterland regions, according to the Electoral Assistance Bureau (EAB).

The EAB- one the local entities that was accredited by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)- found that Indigenous peoples were also fooled on the campaign trail in the run-up to the November 28 general and regional elections.

At the very basic level, the observer mission found that folding ballots was a major problem in Indigenous communities. “There were a considerable number of voters who did not fully comprehend how to fold their ballots. This problem was prevalent in indigenous communities and among the elderly,” said the EAB in its recently released report. Continue reading

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