zoopo naawa Village

Origin and meaning of village name

The village name means Plum hill. There is a bush island {where this fruit can be found} and creek next to the village that goes with the fruit name.

Location

Zoopo Naawa Village is situated on the right bank of Sand Creek with the Kanuku mountains to the north as its border.

Zoopo Naawa Village residents engaged in traditional fishing activities in Katu Wa'o 'Sand Creek' that flows through Village land


History:

There is no definite date to tell the exact time the village was founded. But the first family headman who settled here was Peter John. He used to live next to Daubara pawa {Biara falls on the Rupununi River} long before the Dadanawa ranch was established. He was asked to relocate his home, so that the ranch could be established. He moved and relocated at Achimara wa’o {creek named after the Haimara fish, where there used to be an abundance of this fish species}, east of where the ranch is today. The school was opened in 1976 as Achimara RC school. The first head master was Mr. Frederick Atkinson. The school changed from RC school to a government school then lately to Rupunau Primary School. Peter John came with his wife and two children. Then the St. Hill family came from sawariwa’o. Back then Peter John was known as the local head man. Mr. Samuel St. Hill was then appointed as the acting Toshao. And later Mr. Fred Atkinson was nominated as the first Toshao. 

Satellite Communities:

Wizii moro, located to the north of the main village lies about 4 miles towards the Kanuku mountain range. There are about 4 households remaining with a health post building in this satellite community. There is no school in this area.

LAND RIGHTS

Our Village received a land title over a portion of our customary land in 2009, although it does not secure the full extent of our community land, forest and savannahs. We are now in the process of submitting a request for extension of our land title boundaries under Section 59 of the 2006 Amerindian Act. This application is ongoing in 2017-18.

Wiwi Tao in Zoopo Naawa Village land:. This mountain supports rich wildlife  and is home to the famous red siskiin finch, and other rare and endangered species such as the jaguar .


Main ecosystems and resource areas:

The main ecosystems found in this area are mountains, scattered rocks, forest, savannah, numerous waterways, falls, bush islands, and small savannah hills. Some key names of resource areas are Pinididau- where Red deer, Bush deer, Powise, Finches, and Jaguars can be found. Karapodu- Pakobai, Aturo. Podu wa’o - Haimara is found there.

Double head mountain- powise and all game species. Kashish sabao- cock of the rock. These areas are within the extension lands and are mainly known as multiplying grounds. Most hunting, fishing and gathering grounds are along and between these main areas.

Economy and land use:

Farming, ranching, crafts, hunting, fishing, gathering, exchange labour. 

Services and facilities:

There is a health post staffed with 2 health workers. This post is equipped to handle basic health issues, while any major or emergency cases are usually referred to a hospital via small plane supported by RAMS. There is an airstrip in the village. With regards to education, there is a nursery department and a Primary School. Communication is conducted over HF radios, via 'snail' mail, and over cellular phone networks where there are signals at Orowai tawa, Tawata wan, Raprap tawa and Parantari tawa. The modes of transport are walking, bicycles, motor cycles, horses, bullock cows, carts, or by tractor and trailer and an ATV.

Governance:

Executive body of the Village Council: Toshao; Deputy Toshao; secretary; treasurer; assistant secretary/treasurer. 

Areas of responsibility are: Education, Health, Infrastructure, Agriculture {crop and livestock} 

Community organisations

The Village Council {VC} is the official group that overlooks the affairs of the village. There are also church groups (RC and voice of God), SIAC (planning school activities); There is a Community Policing Group PG that functions under the VC and main function is to assist the VC with social issues. There is a women’s group; a Tractor committee, and some residents are members of the South Rupununi Conservation Society SRCS (a local conservation group). The Village is a member of the South Rupununi District Council (SRDC) and the South Central Peoples Development Association (SCPDA. The Villages also forma part of the Kanuku Mountains (Protected Area) Community Representative Group (KMCRG).

Sports

There is no official village sports club to date, but the village participates at South Central herge celebrations sports events. The village will be setting up a club in near future.

Community projects:

Ongoing projects are construction of market building to host the village market day every fortnight (on a Friday); a cattle project (aimed at increasing cattle to provide meat to villagers at a minimum cost), and sheep rearing, to get funds to offset village costs for village work and feed up celebrations.

Future plans- savannah farming, pig farming. Build cassava bank to help save cassava sticks for villagers especially during the dry seasons.

Wildlife interest and tourist attractions

SRCS- red siskin and bird watching and jaguar caves at Tarataran, Natu tan, Ma bairii wa’o, sizkizz toon. Mountain or rock climbing at wiwii tawa, ikuwii tawa, wizii moro rock.

How do we care for resources

Since we are part of the SRDC, it is our intention to manage resources according to our collective vision as underlined in our territorial management plan. Also through our monitoring system which we are currently working on and developing our own village development plans. Our extension areas are our local version of community conserved areas as outlined in the management plan. Our Village rules need gazetting.



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