Mr. Ronald J. Daniels is a Guyanese born Attorney of Law and poet, among other things. He is generally very vocal on the historical oppression of the African race. European slavery of Africans in Guyana ended in 1838. On the 1st of August each year, the abolition of slavery, a national holiday, is celebrated in the form of Emancipation Day. In this poem, Mr. Daniels expresses his sentiments on slavery and subsequent emancipation.
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After the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire around 1838, European plantation owners in Guyana, as well as throughout the Caribbean, looked to India for cheap labor. The myriads of stories passed down from generation to generation about the East Indians’ journey from India to Guyana help us fit pieces of a puzzle together and get a clear picture of the chain of events that made Guyana what it is today.
The indigenous lifestyle is a simple, natural one. While many indigenous persons leave their natural communities and venture into more industrialized zones, taking up jobs and even owning businesses, indigenous peoples in their natural environment only consume what they need to survive and live comfortably. Unlike other ethnic groups in Guyana, the indigenous peoples value the preservation of the natural environment above the creation of wealth or the promise of money.
This beautiful poem was sent in by one of our fans, Joshini Ganesh, who says she has a passion for literature, especially poetry. Joshini wrote this poem for her daughter, and says that she is sure many mothers can relate to the sentiments expressed in it.
This beautiful poem was written by an indigenous citizen of Guyana who resides in the Rupununi Savannahs. Her name is Lubenia Ambrose.