Guyana: Many Peoples, Many Waters (extraordinary,
nature and Amerindian cultural
immersion bike and boat
tour through Guyanese savannah, Amazon rainforest and river estuaries.)
Guyana Cultural Bicycle Tour handout (PDF - Print two-pages back-to-back
and cut into thirds -- the text is the same on each panel.)
Register for "Guyana: Many Peoples, Many Waters"
If you are a little confused by "Guiana," you are
not alone. There were once three
"Guiana's" in South America: British
Guiana (now Guyana), Dutch Guiana (now Surinam) and French Guiana
(still a colony). They are
often confused with the three Guinea's in Africa: Guinea Bissau (former Portuguese colony),
Guinea Conakry (former French colony) and Equatorial Guinea ( former Spanish colony). To confuse matters more, there is
also Papua New Guinea in Asia.
Context of Jonestown
The infamous Jonestown was in Guyana, but its only connection to anything Guyanese
geography. The camp or settlement, of estranged Americans, was an very
isolated outpost accessible only by small plane, 150, mostly uninhabited
miles, from the capital. There were no roads to it. It had no political, economic, cultural,
social, philosophical or religious connection
to Guyana, so it falsely taints the country. The "town" has now been reclaimed
by the forest.
photo by Kevin Deame
Fun Fact: "Guyana" probably comes from the
Arawak (Amerindian) "wai ana"
which means "land of many waters."
Doll furniture from Wakapoa Ada Mekeabo
Mekeabo" is Arawak for wood work)
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