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Leatham, Guyana

Rupununi Rd
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Macusi Indians of Guyana Lethem  Guyana

Macusi Indians of Guyana

I entered Guyana through the backdoor so to speak. After visiting the Tepui and Penan Indians and spending delightful days in the small bordertown of Santa Elena de Uiaren, crossed into Brasil to spend a quiet weekend in Boa Vista. From there a bus takes you through cattle country and isolated Indian villages to the river that divides Brasil from Guyana. A boat will take you across and you go to the loca police station to announce you are there. The change is dramatic, not in the scenery, but the people. More dramatic than leaving Portugal and arriving in England, the former colonial masters. Stayed in a delightful hotel and had guyanese curry chicken.
What was interesting is to visit the Macusi Indians. As is the case with Indians who live along the borders (recent political ones for them), they consider themselves neither Brasilian or guyanese but Macusi.
Being with them for an afternoon I was so reminded of the Indian communities in North America and the common belief and ethical system they share.
I cant find an image of a Macusi child from Guyana so I will upload a picture of the Tepui which is now under custodianship of the Penan indians.. bordering Venezuela, Brasil and Guyana