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Amerindians – The Wai Wai

Amerindians – The Wai Wai

by Peter Halder

The Wai Wai is now an endangered Amerindian tribe in Guyana. In 2007, according to International Cry online website, there were only 240 Wai Wai left in Guyana.

Amerindian Tribes
The Wai Wai is one of nine indigenous Amerindian tribes in Guyana. The others include the Patamona, Arecuna, Macusi, Wapisiana, Carib, Warrau, Arawak and Akawaio.

Meaning
Wai Wai means “tapioca people” and they were given that name because of the enormous amount of the tapioca (cassava) they eat.

Early History
The Wai Wai people and its tribal territory were discovered by the famous explorer R. Schomburgk during his exploration of the province of Essequibo in 1837.

Religion
U.S. Protestant Missionaries established a permanent Christian Mission near the Wai Wai tribal area in the 1950s. The Paramount Chief of the Wai Wai and his tribe converted to Christianity by the end of the 1950s.

Location
The Wai Wai live in small remote villages in the southernmost tropical forest of Guyana. They migrated from Brazil in the early 19th century and their population increased to some 1,250. As the tribe expanded , so too did trade and marriage contracts. When the Protestant Mission was established, nearly all the Wai Wai relocated near to it. In the 1970s, due to the uprising in the Rupununi area and events that followed, there was massive re-migration of the Wai Wai back to Brazil. By 1989, there was only one major tribal area remaining.

Dialect
The Wai Wai dialect is similar to that of the Carib. The Umana Yana Amerindian structure in Kingston, Georgetown, is a Wai Wai word meaning “meeting place.”

Tribal Land
Their tribal land, to which they hold title, covers about some 2,300 square miles. The area is known as Konashen and includes the headwaters of the mighty Essequibo River.
The paramount Chief of the people is the Kayaritomo. The Medicine Man is called a Yaskomo.                Continue reading

Mike Charles’ Videos

MIKE CHARLES’ VIDEOS

“Mike Charles has been a helicopter pilot in Guyana for over 25 years.

He has created and released three (3) DVDs; (1) Guyana Yours to Discover, (2) Wild Guyana, and the most recent release (3) Pictures of Guyana which  includes unique footage as recorded by Mike Charles and presented in spectacular, unscripted form.

Website: http://www.wildguyana.com/

Pictures of Guyana (New)


This DVD highlights aspects of a magnificent country that has a low carbon footprint. It captures in Still Photography the quintessence of the 40 million hectares of intact rainforest of a country where the people and culture co-exist in harmony with nature and embracing the low carbon development strategy (LCDS) Guyana is implementing.

It includes over 800 pictures of Guyana and Twenty minutes of the Mashramani 2010 float parade for you added enjoyment. Mike Charles Production once again is taking Guyana to the living rooms of the World on DVD.

Website: http://www.wildguyana.com/

Go to the website to see video clips and order his DVD’s

Here is a clip of his first video – “Guyana- Yours to Discover” Order the high quality DVD from his website.

Come Visit Guyana – video

Come Visit Guyana – video

Pictures of Guyana with background music by Dave Martins and the Tradewinds singing “Not a Blade a Grass”.

Enjoy the various pictures as well as the music.


Alcoholic Vervet Monkeys! – Weird Nature – video

Alcoholic Vervet Monkeys! – Weird Nature


In the Caribbean, Vervet Monkeys have developed a taste for alcohol and can regularly be spotted stealing cocktails from humans on the beach.

This is a brilliant wildlife video from BBC animal show ‘Weird Nature’. The location is the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean, but it could surely be duplicated elsewhere.

ah RUPUNUNI feeling – Video

ah RUPUNUNI feeling  – Video

From: vidoer9 | October 01, 2010  |

By: Errol Ross Brewster  of Guyana.
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See this video, and the collection of other videos he has produced on various subjects,  at the link. < click left or on title below

‘Ah Rupununi Feeling’, is about life and landscape at a place on the northwestern shoulder of South America the size of Scotland, in the English speaking state of Guyana.

Stretching two hundred miles, it is rolling grasslands disappearing to the horizon from the foothills of the mountains.

It is a conundrum…a place where nothing is as it appears, and everything is as it has always been, with the mountains among the oldest in di worl!. It’s a landscape imbued with the magic of the Makusi… it’s life contending with the suffering soaked soils of a vast, resource rich region and it’s singular economic preoccupation with cow slaughter…moooooooooooooooooo

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Guyanese Online Newsletter – January 2011

January 2011 Newsletter – Final1 < Download here

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Suriname clinches US$6B deals with Chinese companies
  2. TOP 20- Guyanese Online Blog– December 2010
  3. EDITORIAL – Decade Two – ―Rapid Change by Cyril Bryan
  4. Obsolete technologies and changes since 2000 by Cyril Bryan
  5. Planning for the Oil Boom by Ravi Dev
  6. Exploration Oil Well in Rupununi – Sagres Energy
  7. Shipping companies want deeper Demerara River draft to handle larger vessels
  8. Project Manager Required in Guyana
  9. Guyana Bank to offer ‘green loans’ – for solar and wind projects
  10. House-lots for remigrants
  11. Stabroek, Vreed-en-Hoop stellings not for sale
  12. Sugar workers refuse to heed Corporation‘s call
  13. New Surinamese rice parboiler targets Guyana / Caricom markets
  14. Rice prices rise in Guyana
  15. Hope Canal Work Halted by rains
  16. Tourism – Iwokrama National Park
  17. Huge Brazil oil field will bear Lula‘s name
  18. Barbados least corruptible – topped the list in Latin America and the Caribbean
  19. Australia to assist St. Kitts and Nevis
  20. Australia helps CARICOM
  21. Ralph Gonsalves returned for third term in St. Vincent elections
  22. Denis Hanomansingh appointed temporary judge in Belize
  23. Barbados and Dominica among top 10 ethical destinations
  24. There Are No Technology Shortcuts to Good Education
  25. Guyanese Association of Manitoba—Children’s Xmas Party
  26. The Queen‘s College of Guyana Association (UK)
  27. Guyanese Academics Newsletter
  28. YAKKERS CORNER TALKS WITH DAVID RUDDER
  29. TOY DISTRIBUTION IN GUYANA BY GPP ON BEHALF OF GCNTB
  30. Liberty Cricket Club – NYC – 1st Annual Dinner / Dance – January 22.
  31. Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations – Annual Mashramai Dance – Feb 26, 2011
  32. A TRIBUTE TO DONALD LOCKE – By Claudius Agrippa – video
  33. Auntie Olga’s party off – she is in hospital
  34. Music’s newest centenarian – Edmundo Ros,
  35. Rihanna creates music history – three videos
  36. KEN‘S CHOICE #50 – ―Flambeau – By Ken Corsbie – video
  37. Mahadeo Shivraj – The actor most Guyanese don‘t know
  38. Tastes Like Home – Jamaican Beef Patties by Cynthia Nelson
  39. THE ARTS FORUM   and   THE ARTS JOURNAL
  40. Books by Guyanese author   – Joseph S. Persaud
  41. EDGAR MITTELHOLZER: Race, Colour and Class by Ameena Gafoor
  42. Historic sites of Georgetown – By Arlene Munro

Enjoy this month’s issue.

Cyril Bryan.  Publisher and Editor.

GUYANESE ONLINE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2010 RELEASED

Guyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010  released

DownloadGuyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010

This  issue is 18 pages, the largest ever published.  It features a number of pages on the Amerindians of Guyana, September being their annual Heritage Month.  The “First Peoples of Guyana” have been here for over 10.000 years.

The October Newsletter  contains positive Guyana News;  Regional News; Tourism;   and three pages of news from various Guyanese Associations.   It also has three pages featuring  Guyanese Arts and Culture  and four pages on the history and related information on the Amerindians.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.  Please forward it to your family, friends and anyone interested in Guyanese news and culture.

We look forward to your comments.

Cyril Bryan,  Publisher and Editor.

Guyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010

GUYANESE ONLINE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2010

Download: Guyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010

This  issue is 18 pages, the largest ever published.  It features a number of pages on the Amerindians of Guyana, September being their annual Heritage Month.  The “First Peoples of Guyana” have been here for over 10.000 years.

The October Newsletter  contains positive Guyana News;  Regional News; Tourism;   and three pages of news from various Guyanese Associations.   It also has three pages featuring  Guyanese Arts and Culture  and four pages on the history and related information on the Amerindians.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.  Please forward it to your family, friends and anyone interested in Guyanese news and culture.

We look forward to your comments.

Cyril Bryan,  Publisher and Editor.

Guyanese Online Newsletter – May 2010

Guyanese Online Newsletter

Guyanese Online – May 2010 < click to download

In This Issue:

  • Pg01-  Award: President Jagdeo gets highest UN award.: Masthead Picture:  Kaieteur Falls with links.
  • Pg02- Editorial;   “On the street where I lived” by Peter Halder;   BBC radio program on Race (listen)
  • Pg03- Tourism News Items;  List and links of  Hotels. Eco-lodges and tour companies in Guyana.
  • Pg04 – Guest Editorial – “Tourism Policy”
  • Pg05 – Pg06   – Guyana News: including a list of news links
  • Pg07- Commentary – “The Bartica Triangle- Door to the Interior”  by Peter Ramsaroop.
  • Pg08 – Associations – Queen’s College Alumni- Toronto Chapter -
  • Pg09 – Pg10 –  Associations– News
  • Pg11 – Arts and Culture – “Tastes Like Home”
  • Pg12 – Arts and Culture – News
  • Pg13 – Business – “Leadership and Vision” by William (Bill) King
  • Pg14 – Historical: Historic New Amsterdam
  • Pg15 – Historical: The Arrival of the Chinese in British Guiana
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