parikowaronaawa Village

Parikowaro means grassland sparrow and naawa means hill. Parikowaro-Naawa, grassland sparrow hill the village was named after the grandfather spirit of the bird which is now sitting as a rock approximately 1 and a half km north from the centre of the village. It was closed down by a shaman because it was a sensitive rock and that is why there are little sparrows in plentiful in that area, it is said that the abundance of these birds signifies the grand children of that great spirit.


Parikowaro-naawa is the first village in south central coming from Lethem. It is about twenty (20) miles away from Lethem south of it, with village centre N 3O O8’ 23’ W O59O 51’ O75’. It is located on the right bank of sawariwau river and the main road passes through its centre of the village. It is a mixed settlement of Wapichan and Macushi people. Some children speak Wapichan, Macushi, and some English. Some people also speak the portuguese language. It is south west of the known kanuku mountain point and was once a satellite community of Potarinau village.

First settlers: only had four (4) home steads

Were: Uazuu a wapichan man

Daniel a wapichan man

Olaph a wapichan man

Florinta a wapichan woman

NAMES OF FORMER TOSHAO`S

1. Olaph Daniels a first Councillor under Toshao Kinchin

2.Richard Edwin second senior Councillor under Toshao Kinchin 1.Noel Anthony 2.Ivan Isaac 3. Abrahm Griffith 4.John Daniel 5.Cyril Anthony

LAND RIGHTS

Our Village has a land title. However, our options  for extending the village land title are very limited because our title is surrounded by other titles and properties. Currently we have an unresolved land dispute with a third party occupying a large part of our title with a fenced cattle ranch. This matter is the subject of formal talks with the Government of Guyana (Ongoing 2017).

POPULATION

With forty-two houses and two hundred thirteen persons for 2017.

MAIN ECOSYSTEM AND RESOURCE AREAS

Mountains, water bodies, bush islands, scrubs and flat savannahs

Some resource areas: Lagu de fundo (Potarudu) R.B Takatu 3 miles

North west. Main fishing areas are our supermarkets, white rock, kanuku mountain. A.E 3(1/2) miles – hunting gathering and craft area.

Bakwada taawa hunting and gathering area (south) 1 mile. Sawariwau wanoom: wild life “Shiishigii” canje pheasant.

ECONOMY AND LAND USE

1) Small-scale logging  (lumber sold in the village). 2. cash cropping and farming: peanuts and cassava. 3. Livestock: ranching and rearing pigs. 4. Sewing school uniforms.

SERVICES AND FACILITIES

Primary school nursery school health post headmasters quarters women sewing centre churches 1. Catholic

2. Baptist Church

3. Church of Christ

GOVERNANCE

Toshao

Deputy Toshao

Secretary

Treasurer

Assistant /sect/treasurer and seven other Councillors.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Village Council, Parent Teacher Friends Association, Primary and Nursery, Church organizations, Health organization, Sports Club (not registered); White Rock Club (football club that participates at heritage levels); Feeding group; Community Policing Group. The Village has radio sets and receives signal from a mobile phone network for communication.                                                                                   .

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Building Village benab- jubilee grant. Upgrading women culture for food process. Upgrading livestock rearing “cattle”. Hot meal and snack programme.

FUTURE PLANS

Tannery leather craft. Savannah Farming. Water miller plantation Eco-tourism

WILD LIFE INTEREST AND TOURIST ATTRACTION

1.White Rock: 3 and a half miles N.E. For birding, sighting, rock carvings, caves, insects, it also has a lake up there 2. Impreuza falls: rock carvings.

There are numerous wild life  that can be found nearby to our villages.


CARING FOR OUR RESOURCES

Revive and continue using our customary laws implement our written village rules on our resources. Keep on educating our people on our community agreements on our shared resource areas. Village council need to know and use this authority to safe guard our resources from encroachment.

Our village council will be working on our village rules and regulations to help protect important resources and habitats, that are listed as endangered species and fragile ecosystems.

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