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Masakanari or “Gunns Village” in the South Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana

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First Published: 11th of August, 2020 by Patrick Carpen

Last updated: October 17, 2023 at 15:05 pm

Hundreds of miles south of the town of Lethem, a small community of Indigenous People live peacefully and happily. In the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, in the Deep South Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America, at the headwaters of the mighty Essequibo River, is tucked away this beautiful piece of paradise – Masakanari Village, also known as Gunns Village.

The village of Masakanari is home to about 500 people of the Wai Wai Tribe of Amerindians of Guyana, South America. They survive mainly by fishing, hunting, and farming. As a result, the remote indigenous village of “Masakanari” in the Deep South Rupununi Savannahs is also commonly referred to as “Wai Wai Country.”

Masakanari Village, also popularly called “Gunns,” has a trail link to neighbouring Suriname that takes several days traversing across the dense jungle.

Masakanari Village: Airstrip

Masakanari Village sports an airstrip for small planes to land and take off.

Masakanari Village: Health Center

The village of Masakanari, also called Gunns, sports a health center where residents go to seek medical care.

Masakanari Village: The Benab

Masakanari Village has a Benab constructed with Manicole Palm Branches. It is 60 feet high and covers a surface area of about 5000 square feet. The Masakanari Village Benab is used to host conferences, meetings, and cultural events.

Masakanari Village: More Pictures

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