Marora Naawa Village

The village is named after Giant Armadillo Hill. It is a Wapichan community with a few remaining families of the Taruma people.

The village is located in the Deep South Sub district in Region 9, and it is a forest edge community. There are over 812 persons living presently in the village. About another third of our residents work or live away from the Village temporarily. but return during holiday times and to visit family.


Our first settlements were located at Shaoramniz, Maratino, Tooro nau long before the Missionaries came (about 100 years ago). 

Land Rights

Our Village has a land title that covers just a part of our traditional land. The land title was demarcated in 1998. The Village has submitted a formal application for extension of our land title boundaries that includes two tracts of our customary land. One tract lies to the east and covers our community forest land and the other lies westwards and covers savannah land.  The results of our request for extension are still pending in 2017. The matter is being addressed as part of the formal talks between the SRDC and MIPA about our land and territorial claim, which has remained unresolved since independence from Britain in 1966.

Main Economic Activity

Farming, ranching, crafts, hunting, fishing, gathering non timber products, exchange labour, wage labour, Part time mining, Trapping and Trading wild life, extracting timber.

Some of our main balata camps are used today during hunting, fishing and gathering trips. These places include and are located on the Kwitaro River:

• Kapii wa’o (kaki wa’o, café)

• Chowirikad- pao

• Kauzkin baoko

• Zokotu wa’o wanoma

• Komaru baoko

• Kotar baoko

• Kaziman baoko

• Choun baoko

• Kara’i tozowan

• Namachidin wa’o wanoma

• Machiiwiz wanoma

• Chou chou – baoko

• Dunun wara wanoma

Main Ecosystems and Resource Areas

Marorra Naawa Village is surrounded by mainly Ite swamps, Savannah Hills, Savannahs, Bush Island, numerous streams and water ways and Forest.

Some Main Resource Areas

These areas are accessed through numerous path ways and lines cut by individual hunters and villagers, the areas closer to the village are used on a daily basis and the more distant areas are used on occasional seasons. Whiles travelling, some places are for resting places when going to more distant places on Rii wa’o like:

• Sapurudai taawa

• Roomi wa’o

• Pokorida wa’o

• Rii wa’o dakoru (izaura wa’o)

• Shii (Minau bao)

• Korichuwin dara ii

• Wiizun Wa’o

• Wadu wa’o

Services and Facilities

Education – Nursery and Primary Level

Health – Health Post equipped with staff and radio

Village Shop with radio

Church – 2 denominations – Roman Catholic and Christian Brethren

Airstrip- 2 miles, South East of centre of village

There is no internet connection in the village and there is no cellular signal in the village but can be accessed from places out of the village area.

Other Facilities are –

Guest house

WWA Building

Village Office

Market Complex

Sports Complex

Computer Building

Teachers Quarters


The Village is governed and managed by the Elected Toshao and Village Councillors. Toshaos are now elected every 3 years. Members of the village Council are also changed and nominated at election time. The executive body of the council is made up of the Toshao, Deputy Toshao, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.

Areas of Responsibility




Sports and Culture



Social Issues

Community Base Organisations

Village Council

Community Policing Group (CPG)

Youth Group

Women’s Group

Wild Life Club

Marorora naawa Sports Club

Maroro Culture Group

Activities that the community is involved in are The Annual August Games, Heritage Month Celebrations, Rupununi Expo and Christmas fair.

Community Projects

Community Development Project (CDP)

– Livestock Improvement

- Fencing Paddock

Future Village Plans

- Open a trail to Kwitaro River. This is to boost Ecotourism.

- Savannah Farming

- Cottage Industry

Community Environmental Initiative and Agreements

Marorora nawa village is a member of SRDC and all environmental issues will be dealt with jointly according to our territorial management plan and Environmental Monitoring system that the SRDC has embarked on. Also the village will work along with KMCRG to deal with Protected Areas and Tourism.

Wild Life Interest

Information pending.

                                           Toshao Ambrose Bento signs a contract with Dr. Van-west Charles of  GWI on behalf of the village council for the distribution of pipelines to                                                     households in Maruranau  Village.