Kabakaburi

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Kabakaburi Village
Amerindian Village
Photograph of entrance to Kabakaburi Village Guyana
Entrance to Kabakaburi Village from the Pomeroon River
Map showing location of Kabakaburi Village, Guyana
Map showing location of Kabakaburi Village, Guyana
Kabakaburi Village
Location of Kabakaburi Village, Guyana
Coordinates: 7°14′45″N 58°43′48″W / 7.24583°N 58.73000°W / 7.24583; -58.73000Coordinates: 7°14′45″N 58°43′48″W / 7.24583°N 58.73000°W / 7.24583; -58.73000
Country Guyana
Region Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region 2)
Kabakaburi 1845
Founded by William Henry Brett

Kabakaburi is an Amerindian village in the Pomeroon-Supenaam Region of Guyana on the Pomeroon River, 56 km (35 mi) from its mouth. The villagers are mostly Arawak and Carib. Many of them work in the area's logging and mining industries.[1]

The name of the village is Arawak for "the place with the itching bush." The "bush" referred to is a wild arum (Dieffenbachia paludicola) having irritating juice. The Arawak named this plant "jotoro", and named the place where it grew "kabo kabura." Over time, this became Kabakaburi.

Kabakaburi is an important historical and archeological heritage site, containing both shell mounds and ancient ceramics. It is also the site of the graves of William Henry Brett, one of the earliest missionaries to Guyana, and Sachilara, the first Amerindian convert to Christianity.[citation needed]

A new library, located in the Kabakaburi Primary School, was created in 2002.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knews (3 October 2010). "Kabakaburi - Amerindian Heritage Festival 2010". Kaiteur News. Retrieved 21 August 2012.