Tag Archives: History

The Jordanites – by Peter Halder

Guyana Stories by Peter Halder

The Jordanites

by Peter Halder

 Colonial Era

Religion played a fundamental role in the British administration of its colony of British Guiana.

It was most probably the policy of the British that in a multiracial country with many races- African, East Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, the indigenous Amerindian, European and their inter-mixtures- and with different cultures and religious practices, the foundation, growth and spread of the Christian religion, could and would convert, indoctrinate, assimilate and unite the many races into a united nation. The colonialists went further. They recognized that the older generation was probably beyond conversion, indoctrination and assimilation, so their policy was to focus on the children, the new generation.

Churches dotted the landscape of Georgetown and environs, as well as the countryside.    Read More »

Quotes from Marcus Tullius CICERO – (106 BC – 43 BC)

CICERO (106 BC–43 BC), full name Marcus Tullius Cicero, was a Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, philosopher and one of Rome’s greatest orators.

Read  about the life of CICERO here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero

Here are a few Quotes by Marcus Tullius CICERO   (106 BC – 43 BC)

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”  ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”  ― Marcus Tullius Cicero    Continue reading

Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (morph sequence)

Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (morph sequence)

Queen Elizabeth II – From Childhood to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

This is a video tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on achieving 60 years as the constitutional monarch of the Commonwealth realms, and head of the Commonwealth of Nations, head of state of the Crown dependencies and British Overseas Territories, Supreme Governor of the Church of England and in many of her realms she carries the title Defender of the Faith.

An Ancient Soul – The Art of Philip Moore – documentary

Documentary by Errol Ross Brewster

An Ancient Soul – The Art of Philip Moore

In this 1995 feature Philip Moore speaks expansively of the Spirit taught philosophy that underpins his creations. Dr. Adeoloa James, a Nigerian residing and teaching in Guyana gives her insight into the atavistic connection Moore has to his heritage of African Spirituality and which is always at the heart of his art.

Dr. Denis Williams, then Director of Art, recognizes Moore’s status as a great Caribbean adaptation of a great African tradition and clarifies the technological and iconological aspects of his work. Errol Ross Brewster, a Guyanese multi-media artist, teacher and cultural activist, as director of this feature, points in the visual treatment to Moore’s transmogrification of ordinary everyday experience which enriches us all, and reveals him as the artist to best mirror a most magical apprehension of the world that as Caribbean people we all can relate to.

Limin’ and Dinin’ in Trinidad & Tobago – video

Another CARICOM member – featured by Guyanese Online

Trinidadian cuisine documentary

A documentary exploring the history and culture of cuisine in Trinidad and Tobago. Produced and shot on location through University of California, Davis Summer Aboard program 2010. Continue reading

British Guiana 1953 – Tension in British Guiana – video

British Guiana 1953 – Tension in British Guiana

In 1953 the Constitution was suspended after 133 days and British troops were sent in to “prevent the Communist takeover of British Guiana”, according to historical documents.

This silent news film shows selected originals from the news reports – “Tension in British Guiana” – by British Pathe Films.  It shows different footage from the newsreel story filmed in Georgetown, British Guiana in 1953. Here is a list of the shots:

British troops patrol streets (3 shots). –  native boy. –  school kids in street. – Dr Cheddie Jagan and wife being interviewed (5 shots). – small boy fishing. – Royal Navy Frigate at anchor in harbour (2 shots). Various views of Georgetown (3 shots). – Governor Alfred Savage and wife walking in garden. (4 shots). – various scenes of Georgetown (10 shots). Note: This video has no sound.  Play video…

— Post #1271

GUYANA PERSONALITIES – 1970-1971

Note: This list was previously included as an attachment in the KrazyKelvin list of Famous Guyanese Personalities: Famous People of Guyanese Heritage

GUYANA PERSONALITIES – 1970-1971

The list is taken from the 1971 Edition of PERSONALITIES Caribbean – 1970-1971

We have extracted the GUYANA section of this publication and inserted it on this Blog:

Click on the following link to view the names:

PersonalitiesCaribbeanFourthEdition19701971-Guyana

Here are the entries for the first five persons in this list – page 1:

ADAMS, Bertrand Oswald, Q.C., B.A. (Lond.), LL.B. (Lond.), B.C.L. (Oxon.), Barrister-at-Law. Born May 5, 1921, New Amsterdam, Berbice. Educated Queen’s College, Georgetown; St. Catherine’s Society, Oxford Univ.; Middle Temple, London, and external student, London Univ. Govt Junior Scholar (first place in Colony); twice placed at Guiana Scholarship; called to the Bar in England in April, 1947 and appointed Queen’s Counsel, June 1960. Acted Puisne Judge 1961 -1962; Chairman and Member Govt. Advisory C’ttees; Vice- Pres. Bar Association 1959, Pres. I960.Married; 2 sons and 1 daughter. Address: 215 South & King Streets, Georgetown, Guyana.   Continue reading

Barbados – Scotland’s Sugar Slaves – 4 videos

Barbados – Scotland’s Sugar Slaves

The west coast of Barbados is known as a favorite winter destination for British tourists, ranging from the upmarket Sandy Lane resort to the all-drinks-included package holiday crowd arriving by economy class.

Many will come from Scotland, but few will realise that just fourteen miles away on the rocky east side of the island live a community of McCluskies, Sinclairs and Baileys who are not, as might be expected, black Bajans bearing the family names given by slave owners centuries ago, but poor whites eking out a subsistence existence. Known as the Redlegs, they are the direct descendants of the Scots transported to Barbados by Cromwell after the Civil War.

Scottish author and broadcaster Chris Dolan went to meet them to discover why they are still here 350 years later, what they know about their roots, and what their prospects are today when they are the poorest community on the island. Chris speaks to leading historians in Barbados and Scotland about how their ancestors were treated when they first arrived.

Was their plight as severe as that of the black slaves from Africa? Nearly two centuries after emancipation, this Redleg community has yet to find a role on the island, where it is damned by association with the days of slavery, even though many of its forbears were victims themselves. In recent years, it has begun to come out of its racial isolation; could there yet be a hopeful future for this lost Scottish tribe?

View the four videos below:          Continue reading

Recent Blog Entries at October 4, 2011

Guyanese Online – Recent Blog Entries at October 4, 2011

Click the item to access it on the Blog – We hope you find them interesting

Guyanese poet Maggie Harris publishes autobiography

Guyanese poet Maggie Harris publishes autobiography

By Steve Knight, chief county reporter Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kent News  – kentnews.co.uk  -  source link here

Maggie Harris Home page   http://www.maggieharris.co.uk/index.html

An award-winning poet who grew up in Guyana says she hopes her new autobiography will help promote better cultural understanding.

Maggie Harris, 57, who immigrated to England in 1971 and now lives in Broadstairs, has published her memoir ‘Kiskadee Girl’ thanks in part to a £6,000 grant from Arts Council England.

The book explores Caribbean culture as well as the influences relatives from other backgrounds had on her early life.

“As an adult in the UK, my growing up in Guyana played a surreal role in my mind,” said Maggie. “But it also seemed to have no significance for my children and I began to wonder how many children of migrant parents were losing out on their ancestral culture.                    Continue reading

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