Timeless – Amerindian home near a Mountain at Arau

Timeless: A traditional Amerindian home dwarfed by a nearby mountain at Arau in Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni). Arau village, located at the base of the mountain, called Pagrampa by locals, is close to the Venezuelan border and is populated by members of the Akawaio and Arecuna nations. According to local legend, the mountain received its name meaning hernia following a war between the Akawaios and its then enemies, the Arecunas. The legend goes that a “bush spirit”, the Bush Dai-Dai, had married an Akawaio maiden from the village and lived with her atop the mountain. During that time, the enemies of the Akawaios attacked them and the Bush Dai-Dai was called upon for help. He cast a spell, causing the warriors of the other tribe to suffer hernias and thus they were unable to fight. The Akawaios were saved and the Bush Dai-Dai retreated back to the top of the mountain and it earned its name. Viewed from the air it is one of the most striking features in the mountainous area. (Gaulbert Sutherland photo) (July 7,2008)

More in Photos

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. The medical school sign on the Buddy’s building

    Buddy’s Pool Hall, Night Club closed after business falls

  2. Barry Dataram

    Who is to blame for Dataram escape?

  3. Lakeram Kewlachand

    Gangaram man takes his own life

  4. Colin Rodney

    Cop charged with taking bribes

  5. Citizens fleeing country due to crime, IAC says

  6. The Rio Inn at Forshaw and Oronoque Streets

    Teen shot dead outside Rio nightclub

  7. Courtenay Griffith’s home in Lodge that is earmarked to be demolished.

    City to tear down 52 derelict buildings

  8. The bus in the trench along Homestretch Avenue.

    Bus ends up in Homestretch trench

  9. Barry Dataram

    Absent Barry Dataram found guilty of drug trafficking


Recommended For You