Using balata to create art

Balata craftsmen Nicodemus Joseph and George Tancredo are known for stealing the spotlight at any given exhibition and this year’s Lethem rodeo was no exception when they displayed some of the most artistic animals and cowboys ever seen which captured the attention of many.

Amidst all the laughter of children enjoying the rides, the complaints of weary mothers and hungry babies, the bustling of people shoving to get through the crowd, the eager cries of chefs standing behind the grills of smoking kebabs and all the other noise, sat two men almost side by side in the quiet of it all attracting to their tables quite a handsome amount of awed people.

Their crowd included local people from Lethem, people from other parts of the Rupununi, the rest of Guyana, those visiting from the neighbouring Brazil, the US, the Caribbean including one BBC journalist from England and they all …to continue reading this article, please subscribe.  Already a subscriber ? Sign In

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