The village is named after a 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 of the Rupununi and is near the forest edge. There are over 812 persons living presently in the village and more than half of our residents work or live away from the Village. They return during holidays to visit family and spend time with friends.
Our first settlements were located at Shaoramniz, Maratino, Tooro nau long before the Missionaries came (about 100 years ago).
Our Village has a land title that covers just a part of our traditional land. Demarcation was completed in 1998. The Village has submitted a formal application for extension of our land title 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 extensions and territorial claim, which has remained unresolved since independence from Britain in 1966.
Farming, ranching, crafts, hunting, fishing, gathering non timber products, exchange of labour, wage labour, part time mining, trapping and trading wild life, extracting timber.
Some of our old balata camps are used today during hunting, fishing and gathering trips. These places are located along both banks of the Kwitaro River and have names including:
• 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
Marorra Naawa Village is surrounded by mainly Ite swamps, savannah hills, savannahs, bush island, numerous streams, water ways and forest. Our forests forms part of the Wapichan Community Conserved Forest that we agreed to establish in 2012 (SRDC Territorial Management Plan - see documents page), but still lacks legal title and awaits formal recognition by the government and international agencies.
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 occasionally according to the seasons. While travelling, some places are for resting or overnighting especially travelling 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
Education – Nursery and Primary Level
Health – Health Post is staffed with a community health worker and which also has a radio
Village Shop has a radio
Church – Roman Catholic and Christian Brethren
Airstrip- 2 miles, South East of the village
There is limited mobile access at a distance out of the village.
Other Facilities are –
Wapichan Wadauniinao Ati'o (WWA) Building
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 changed and nominated at elections. 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
Community Base Organisations
Community Policing Group (CPG)
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 Development Project (CDP)
– Livestock Improvement
- Fencing Paddock
Future Village Plans
- New trail to Kwitaro River. This is to boost Ecotourism.
- Savannah Farming
- Cottage Industry
Marororaa Naawa 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. The village will work along with KMCRG to deal with Protected Areas and Tourism wile also following on our long standing land claim.