katu ur

                                                

Katuur “katu wao’ oro”or “katuuwao” means Sandy Creek. It is a satellite community of Potarii Naawa Village.The settlement is located on the right bank of Katu'u wa'o. It is a Wapichan community, but most people speak Portugese and some English. The centre of the community is where the first settlers settled.

The first settlers were Manuel Albert and the Issac family.

LAND RIGHTS

Katu'ur does not have legal security over our customary lands and resources. We have long sought legal recognition of our land and we are part of the formal application for extension of land title submitted to the Government of Guyana by our main village Potarinau. This application is currently being processed by the government and is the subject of formal talks between the SRDC and the MIPA. Katu'ur is in the extension land of Potarii Naawa Village. 

POPULATION

There are 22 homesteads and 130 residences.

The ecosystem is flat savannah with creeks and rivers bush islands and few mountains around they do subsistence farming, ranching, hunting, fishing and gathering. Their main farming areas are located along the Katuur wao left bank and towards Kunad mountain. Kunad is their 'supermarket' that the residents depend on for everything. The waters in Katuu wao are used for bathing and sometimes for drinking and washing clothes.

ECONOMY AND LAND USE

Farming: cash crops like peanuts and cassava and cotton. Ranching: rearing livestock e.g. cattle, horses, sheep and poultry. Sometimes they sell in the village sometimes to neighbouring villages and across in to Brazil.

SERVICES AND FACILITIES

A primary school;  no nursery school - although nursery classes are held in the primary school; a women's centre; a Village office; a Head Master’s Quarters; a catholic church

GOVERNANCE

1 senior councillor ;1 Deputy senior councilor; a secretary; a Treasurer and five other councilors.

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION  

Women’s Group; Youth Group; Church Group; Parents Teachers Association; Katuur Sports Club; Community management Team (which oversees community projects); Community Policing Group

PROJECTS

Improvement of cattle ranching. A corral with schote (Jubilee Grants)

Small poultry rearing per household. Village farm with one acre of cotton plantation. Hammock weaving.

FUTURE PLANS

Improve hammock making and extend cotton farming; completion of hot meal programme for the school children; upgrading of the main road from Potarii Naawa to Katu'ur; experimental Savannah farming (to maintain our bush islands); forming a culture group; building an airstrip and building a foot and mouth camp at Arowan paawa.

WILD LIFE INTEREST AND TOURISM ATTRACTION

Kosad mountain: Birds, jaguars, pumas and different types of wild cats. The rare bird on the east of Kosad mountain between Kowaibi Sakoda is the Red Siskin.

On the west slopes of our Kosad are our valued timber species like the Bullet Wood, Water Cider, Red wood and craft and craft materials e.g. mokuru,

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