parikowaro naawa 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 little sparrows are plentiful in that area, it is said that those are the grand children of that great spirit and signify its presence.

Parikowaro-naawa is the first village heading south from Lethem, at a distance of about twenty (20) miles. It is located on the right bank of Sawariwau river and the main road passes through the centre of the village. It has both Wapichan and Macushi people. The children still speak Wapichan and Macushi,as well as English and some limited Portuguese. It was once a satellite community of the Potari Naawa village.

First settlers: The village has grown from only four (4) home steads many years ago.

Some names of founding families are: Uazuu, Daniel, Olaph , Florinta - all Wapichan Nao.

NAMES OF FORMER TOSHAO'S AND LEADERS

Olaph Daniels - first Councillor under Toshao Kinchin of Potari Naawa, recognized as the first leader.

Richard Edwin - second senior Councillor under Toshao Kinchin

Noel Anthony - Toshao

Ivan Isaac - Toshao

Abraham Griffith - Toshao

John Daniel - Toshao

Cyril Anthony - Toshao 

LAND RIGHTS

Our Village has a land title. However, our options for extending the village land title are very limited. This is because our title land is surrounded by other titles and private 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 and thirteen (213) 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 for lumber that sells in the village 2. cash crop farming: peanut and cassava. 3. Rearing livestock: ranching and rearing pigs. 4. Sewing school uniforms.

SERVICES AND FACILITIES

Primary school; nursery school; health post; headmasters quarters; women sewing centre; and three churches - Catholic, a Baptist Church and 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;  White Rock Sports Club (not registered) that participates at heritage levels (football); school feeding group; Community Policing Group. The Village has two radio sets and receives a mobile phone network signal for communication.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Building Village benab- jubilee grant. Upgrading women culture for food processing. Upgrading livestock rearing (cattle). Hot meal and snack programme.

FUTURE PLANS

Tannery for leather craft; savannah farming; water mill; melon 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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