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The purpose of the video was to give a glimpse of what it looks like to cross over from Brazil into Guyana. But it did a little more than raise a few eyebrows: it raised a very serious question: are there security checks for persons traveling between Guyana and Brazil at Region 9? The answer is both yes and no. And I’ll explain.
Tutu Falls is located close to Meriwau Village in the South Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America. It can be reached by driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle, ATV, or motorcycle down the rugged trail about 2 hours’ drive away from Lethem. The refreshing waters of the Tutu Falls forms a pool on a mountaintop before cascading down the mountain.
The Kara Kara Blue Lake in Linden is doubtless beautiful. But is it a “Death Trap” as some have called it? Rising up from the depths of poorly covered mining pits, the lake has an uneven and unstable foundation plagued with quicksand and sinkholes that precipitate strong underwater currents. The possibility of landslips occurring underfoot and swallowing a person up is relatively high. Several persons have already drowned in the lake, and many have reported a near death experience.
While the Hindu community in Guyana perhaps observe and celebrate all sixteen days of Holi, the vast majority of Guyanese only celebrate Day 2 – the splashing of water and dabbing of colored power. In Guyana and neighboring Suriname, this is referred to as Phagwah.
Jennifer Lawrence, a US citizen, travelled to Guyana on a Study Abroad Program. She visited Yupukari Village – a place she would later call home.
About 4 years after declaring Independence from the British Empire, Guyana was declared a Republic on the 23rd of February, 1970. A Republic is a system of government in which the people elect their government through periodical elections, and is closely tied to a democracy. Nevertheless, some countries around the world have used the term too loosely, calling themselves a Republic while in fact practicing Autocracy, Dictatorship, or Tyranny.
The South American Tapir is one of the four recognized species of tapir. The species can be found in Guyana, Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. In Guyana, the tapir is colloquially referred to as “bush cow.”
It is not clear why the jaguar was nominated Guyana’s national animal, but it might have something to do with its strength and courage. Nevertheless, the jaguar is a vicious predator which bites through the neck of its prey. The jaguar is bold and fearless and an encounter with one can easily turn deadly. Nevertheless, a brave Guyanese citizen, Melly Allicock, met one on the forest trails in early 2023 and didn’t run away in fear. Instead, she took out her phone and started videoing. This citizen is certainly bolder than the jaguar itself. And she gives us the luxury of watching a jaguar roar up close and personal. Looking at the video, you can get a feel of the jaguar’s enormous strength and unshakeable courage.
American-born Channel Stoby first visited Guyana in 2021 with her Guyanese born husband. After returning, she shared stories of her experiences here with this publication. She came back again in 2023. And guess what! She’s shared yet another inspiring story. Thank you Chanel Stoby, for helping to promote the Guyana Tourism Industry to people abroad. We really appreciate it!
Parsad (not sure I spelt that correctly) is a Guyanese dessert of East Indian origin. It is especially popular during the Phagwah Holidays. Although parsad is often used in Hindu Religious Functions, and is offered to “hindu gods” during Hindu rituals, parsad or mahamboug can be made and eaten by anyone at any time and for any occasion. There are many variations of Parsad. In this video, a Guyanese citizen, Miss Naressa, teaches us how to make Ghee Parsad, also called Mahamboug.
A recent anti-mining operation in Guyana’s interior has captured the attention of the Surinamese authorities. Suriname, like Venezuela, has a bitter border dispute with Guyana. Suriname is requesting clarification on the authority by which the Guyana government acted on “their territory”.
Panasima Falls is one of Guyana’s lesser known waterfalls. It is located in Region 7, also called the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region, of Guyana, South America.
The jaguar is Guyana’s national animal. Guyana’s Coat of Arms features two of these strong and courageous big cats which are found in the jungles of Guyana. This amazing video was filmed in January, 2023 by Guyanese citizen, Melly Allicock, in the South Central Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana. Ms. Allicock relates that she was traveling to the Marudi Mountains from Lethem when she came face to face with the cross jaguar. Instead of panicking, the brave citizen pulled out her mobile phone and filmed this amazing, close up encounter with the fierce, roaring, big cat.
Ten years ago, she made her country proud. In 2012, Sarah Hakh was the Caribbean’s best overall CXC student copping a record breaking 16 Grade Ones with all As on the profile grades. Sarah Hakh won the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the Caribbean. As a result of her performance, her school, Abram Zuil Secondary on the Essequibo Coast, received the CSEC School of the Year Award for 2012.
Bush cook is a Guyanese tradition where a group of persons, usually friends, family, neighbors or any combination of such, get together to cook a nice pot of cook up rice, also called “all in one,” at somebody’s backyard or another “bushy” area of choice. It is sort of like a picnic, but somewhat different.
Denesha Thomas, an Indigenous girl of the Arawak Tribe, was born and raised in Wakapoa village, Lower Pomeroon River, Region 2, Guyana, South America. She is the eldest of four sibblings: 1 boy and 3 girls. Now just twenty years old, Denesha is pursuing a career in teaching while doing art in her spare time.
Tasso is a high protein food product which is made by slicing beef into thin layers, salting it thoroughly and drying it in the sun for four to five days. After five days of drying the salted beef, the tasso is said to be “cured” and then carries a long shelf life. While the precise shelf life of tasso has never been scientifically determined, most people whom I’ve interviewed in the Rupununi say that tasso can last for up to six months without refrigeration.
The once desolate and isolated border town of Lethem to Guyana’s south is taking yet another step towards turning into modern city. While the 300-mile stretch of trail to Georgetown is taking form slowly but surely, renewable energy projects in Central Rupununi area promises clean, non-stop, and cheap energy to people living in the town of Lethem as well as some nearby villages.
A talented Guyanese artist who hails from the village of Karasabai in Region 9 has reached out to this publication to showcase his talent in the hopes of securing work, opportunities, and possibly a scholarship to further his art studies abroad.
A German tourist who traveled to Guyana to engage in catch and release sports fishing in the waters of Guyana’s vast rivers has described his experience. In a Facebook Post titled “Rumble in the Jungle,” the sports fishing enthusiast described his travels and adventures to Guyana. The article posted below was translated from the original German text extracted from the Facebook Page of Global Fishing Adventures.
The Lethem-Linden Trail is a jewel in Guyana’s tourism crown – replete with beautiful sceneries of flora, fauna, mountains, and landscapes. But not today – a sad day for all Guyanese and especially those who were in the two vehicles which collided head-on near to Mabura Village along the trail.
In December, 2022, a group of Guyana’s indigenous population of the Rupununi took cassava farine to a new level by launching Guyana’s first ever farine bakery. This is truly a landmark achievement and an evolutionary process. This publication contacted the bakery for more details on their operations. The following writeup was furnished by the management of the North Rupununi Farine Bakery in Masara Village – the first ever such in the country of Guyana.
If we say that a backtrack crossing is “legal,” we find ourselves in a conflict of expressions. After all, a backtrack route to another country is a route that seeks to bypass immigration authorities and the necessary legal procedures for cross border travel. However, Guyana is one of those countries where these kinds of somewhat weird and unexplainable things happen. Guyana does have a “somewhat legal” backtrack route to neighboring Suriname.
If it’s one thing our indigenous counterparts can teach us, it’s how to survive without modern conveniences. They have mastered the art of preservation and creating food products with long shelf life. Farine is one such food.
Every day, hundreds, sometimes thousands, of Brazilians drive over the Takutu River Bridge into the remote border town of Lethem to Guyana’s south. On any given day, you can easily spot about 50 Brazilian cars along Lethem’s Commercial center. Most of them would be parked in front of Chinese stores, some in front of restaurants, and others at hotels.
Mr. Ivan Alexander Johnson (Sr), who completed his long and fruitful earthly journey in December 2017, was doubtless one of the the first pioneers of the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana. He was one of many Rupununi trailblazers, who, in their own simple ways, unique personalities, and vision for making a successful living in what is still considered a remote region of Guyana, have facilitated the opening up of the Rupununi to the rest of the country and the world at large, and contributed to the economic and social wellbeing of the Region.
Now just 23 years old, John Edmund Lee, AKA Jungle Dan, was born in the town of Lethem in Region 9 in February, 1999. He is the first of four siblings. From the time he was six months old, Lee’s parents left him in the care of his grandparents who raised him.
Here is another awesome video of the Trans Guyana Airways Plane landing at the Lethem Airport in Region 9. This is the fourth video I’ve shot on the subject, and, like the others, this video demonstrates how close to the road the plane passes as it prepares to hit the runway.
There is a saying that goes, “find a job you love, and you will never have to work another day in your life.” The same applies for business. Doing something that you are passionate about accelerates your performance. This concept is the key element within the success story of young Guyanese businesswoman, Tromain David, who harnessed her love for fashion and turned it into a profitable business.
Guyana started pumping oil in late 2019, and to date (January 2023) has earned more than US$2 billion from oil revenues and royalties. That translates to roughly GY$420,000,000,000.00. This breaks down to roughly GY$525,000 per person using the generous population estimate of 800,000. Production data produced by the Ministry of Natural Resources show that Guyana recorded its highest output level in November 2022, reaching 389,000 barrels of oil per day. But production rate is climbing and Guyana is projected to produce more than 600,000 barrels of oil in 2023.
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.
According to the Sloth Conservation Society, there are 4 living species of three-fingered sloths, all of which live within the forests of Central and South America where the tropical climate maintains relatively warm temperatures all year round.
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.
Corona Falls is one of the lesser known and explored, yet magnificent, beautiful and splendid, waterfalls of Guyana. It is located at the headwaters of the Rewa River in North Rupununi. With its refreshing waters and magnificent scenery, the Corona Falls is definitely a place to visit.
Our Land, Our Life is a beautiful song astoundingly performed by Guyanese singer/performer Galina Edmund. The song, presented in the native language of the Arecuna tribe of Indigenous peoples of Guyana, expresses appreciation for the land and all it provides for the people that inhabit it. At the same time, it showcases the simple, beautiful, and sustainable lifestyle of the Arecuna Tribe of Indigenous peoples. The Arecuna Tribe of Indigenous are found in Paruima Village in Region 7 which is the village from which Galina Edmund hails.
Did you know…that there is a place in Guyana where the Cuyuni and Mazuruni Rivers run side by side without mixing? This is a remarkable natural phenomenon with various scientific explanations. According to science, the waters do not mix because they are of different temperatures and densities, and they run at different speeds. However, the phenomenon is so remarkable that it is considered a natural and scientific marvel.
Wayne Augusto Mann was born in Georgetown, Guyana, South America. His mother is of indigenous/European descent and his father, Afro-Guyanese. As a boy, Wayne’s mother traveled frequently between Georgetown and Region 9. As a result, the lad started his formal education at St. Ignatius Nursery in Region 9 but completed Primary School in Georgetown.
The varying dcoumentations of the 1763 Berbice Slave Revolt in Guyana, South America can be conflicting. This detailed account was translated from the Dutch Archives and gives a great insight into what exactly played out.
The Botanical Gardens is located next to the Guyana Zoo and Castellani House in Georgetown, Region 4, Guyana, South America. Established since 1878, the tropical botanical gardens serves as a recreational park which showcases one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges, and a bandstand. The botanical gardens also offers a unique place for birdwatching.
On Wednesday, 11th of January, 2023, a male teacher was reportedly assaulted by a parent at Graham’s Hall Primary School on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana, South America. Although the Ministry of Education released a statement condemning the attack on the teacher, it stopped short of explaining what might have provoked the attack. The next day, teachers across the country wore black to protest against violence against teachers.
Guyanese gospel singer/evangelist, Emmanuel Dasrat, who goes by the stage name “Righteous Kid,” delivers a heartwarming rendition of his creation, “Never Leave Me” – a gospel song presented in Guyanese Creolese.
A strange, unidentified flying object was observed over the skies of Region 9, Guyana, South America on the evening of January 8th, 2023. Although the object was first reported by residents of Region 9, it may have been visible from other Regions across Guyana and other countries as well.
The Rupununi Rodeo Performances is an annual concert of live entertainment filled with heat, excitement, and adrenaline-pumping action. The rodeo performances showcase the skill, art, bravery, and raw power of Rupununi-born-and-bred cowboys and cowgirls. It is a phenomenon that explodes across the Rupununi Savannahs and ripples its way across almost every economic sector of Guyana.
A massive crater has formed along the Lethem-Linden Trail today, 6th of January, 2023 near to Mabura. Truckers reported to this publication that the traffic has stalled as they await help in repairing the road.
The success of Aurelia Ibrahim at such a young age in one of the world’s most competitive and challenging fields is yet another beautiful example of a parent’s ability to recognize a child’s latent talents and abilities and help them to harness it. This key concept is the backbone of the success story of young Guyanese author, Aurelia Ibrahim, who is the published author of two books: “A Little Poet’s World,” and “A Picturesque Journey” – both poetry collections.
Today, 6th of January, 2023, I did a third video of the Trans Guyana Plane landing at the Lethem Airport. Hope I didn’t scare anyone or cause any problems by the way. I stood on the road just in front of the airstrip. When the plane approached, it was a scary feeling, as though the plane with its frightening propeller blades were coming straight at me. I tried to hold my ground but I found myself side stepping a bit.
At a very young age, no more than a wee 12 years old, I learned a valuable lesson that would sustain me for the rest of my life, so far. Almost at every station in the journey of life, you will meet some bad people.
On the 18th of October, 2018, I made another trip to the Kumu Waterfall in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America. I say “another” trip because I can’t remember exactly how many trips I had made to this falls before – whether it was 5, 6, 7….
Berlinda Francis, of Katoonarib Village in the South Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America is a farmer, cook, and small scale rancher. She also has a strong and inherent love for animals. And in this context, she shares her story of adopting a pet tapir from the time it was only a few months old.
In October 2021, we published an article about Guyana’s first recorded tornado. In light of this event which may very well be the result of climate change, we’ve decided to publish this article about funnel clouds – because several funnel clouds appeared over Guyana, and funnel clouds are closely linked to tornadoes.
Guyana’s National Flower, the Victoria Amazonica, has lost its record as the world’s largest water lily. Up to July, 2022, the Victoria Amazonica had boasted the title of the world’s largest water lily. However, a new water lily, called the Victoria Boliviana, has blown the Victoria Amazonica out the water and taken its spot as the world’s largest water lily.
The archaic 100 windows house located at No. 19 village is a relic of colonial rule in Guyana, South America. The gigantic structure has been there for perhaps a century, and needless to say, has fascinated the general Guyanese population. Often, travelers and vacationers have stopped to take photos from the road, but many have ventured beyond the gates into the private property to have a close-up view and take more pictures.
The peacock bass fish is colloquially called Luckanani by the people of Guyana, South America. It belongs to the genus cichia. In Brazil, the peacock bass is called tucanare, and the Spanish refer to it as pavon.
Bartica, one of Guyana’s most beautiful towns, is located in Region 7, also called the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region of Guyana, South America. where the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers merge with the Essequibo River. The population of Bartica is approximately 20,000, and the main economic activity of the residents of Bartica is gold mining.
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The first Flag Raising Ceremony took place on Midnight of May 25th 1966 – or just at the dawn of Guyana’s first Independence Day – the break of May 26th 1966. On the first ever Flag Raising Ceremony, the Union Jack, the flag of British Guiana during colonial rule, was lowered, and the Golden Arrow Head, the current flag of Guyana as an independent nation, was ceremoniously hoisted.
Skeldon Village is located in the county of Berbice in Region #6 in the country of Guyana, South America. It is bordered by Springlands to the east, No. 79 Village to the west, the sugar cane fields to the south and the Corentyne River to the north. It is close to the neighboring country of Suriname.