18th of November, 2021. Region 9, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: November 18, 2021 at 19:02 pm
A bit of humor mired in controversy? Guyana’s indigenous poke fun at Lucy Shepherd’s jungle expedition.
It’s perhaps not anything to be taken too seriously, but some Amerindians are a bit tickled, if not just a wee bit outraged, that Lucy Shepherd claims to be braving uncharted territory for the first time in history when in fact she is being escorted by indigenous guides who most likely have been there before.
Lucy shepherd, humorously dubbed Guyana’s Christine Columbus, might do well to rework some of her creative writing. Yes, she is blazing new, untouched trails, but the question is “new to whom?” It’s a pretty bold statement to say that you are going “where no man has gone before” when in fact you are treading soil where indigenous kids probably played hide and seek hundreds of years ago. How about…where no European has gone before? Now that sounds more like it!
Lucy the explorer has certainly earned a name for herself in her voyages around the world, but in Guyana, she also earned a nickname. It’s sort of like, in 1492, when the natives discovered Christopher Columbus lost at sea…. The history books read that Christopher Columbus, lost at sea, discovered the New World.
A hundred years ago…all of this would probably have gone uncommented, but in today’s information age where almost every indigenous youth carries a smart phone, it’s a whole new ball game.
All things considered, the young explorer is doing some amazing stuff, and unlike the natives, she’s documenting, publicizing, and celebrating it. So let’s not be too cynical about it. The ongoing expedition is expected to conclude this weekend and there will be a celebration in Lethem. Be a good sport and cheer Lucy on!
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Her website: https://www.lucy-shepherd.com
She is always doing something amazing!