Rupununi Hauntings: Tracing Development from Cattle to Roads

April 27, 2016

The Rupununi is a vast savannah lowland region of Guyana, one which forms the Northern fringe of the Amazon basin.  Its geography is distinct from the rest of the country, with the tropical forests that cover much of Guyana giving way to the seasonally flooded grasslands, crossed with small meandering creeks.  The Rupununi was originally part of the Gran Sabana (Venezuela) and the Rio Branco savannah (Brazil), a geography artificially divided along political line

Impacts of Road Development on the Peoples and Environments in the Rupununi, Guyana

April 27, 2016

This research represents and reflects upon the current concerns of the Makushi and Wapishana peoples of the Rupununi savannahs, who identified both past and future development of the road cutting through their traditional lands as the most important change happening in the Rupununi.  Indeed, the increasing impacts of the road on both the peoples and the places of the Rupununi help demonstrate the ongoing injustice of colonialism within the region.  

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