our villages

Parikowaro Naawa (Parikowarinau)

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

Read more about: Parikowaro Naawa (Parikowarinau).

Potarii Naawa

The village got its name from a giant stingray, that once lived in a deep pool found in Sawariwau river. The was a sensitive site with a spirit keeper but the early settlers had to close it down and they even had to kill the giant stingray (Potarudu). The village was also called Ambrose in the early 19th century but it was just named after the first Toshao of the village. The village is located in South Central Rupununi, region nine.

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Bai toon

Baitoon Settlement Baitoon is satellite to Potarinau village. Baitoon means “Muscovy ducks island” years ago there was a large lake with bush island surrounding it, there were the Muscovy ducks by the hundred s and thousands feeding in the lake and they normally use the bush islands for roosting and over flock the bushes, that is why the village is called “Baitoon” bearing the legend of it.

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Katuur “katuwaoro means sand creek. The settlement is located on the right bank of katuu wao. It is a wapichan community but most people speak portugese and some English. It is a satellite community to potarinao village and where the centre of the village is where the first settlers settled.

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The name means wild pine place. The village is located on the left bank of Sawariwao creek, east of the Legendary Shizizi Mountain.

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The village was named after a palm tree called Shaorai. It is situated between the right bank of Sawariwao river and to the left bank of Sawarab creek. It is bordered to the eastern and northern boundaries by the Kanuku mountains

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Shorinab Village .


“Katoonaru Iribi” means many bush island. Katoonarib English term.

Katoonarib was once a satellite of Sawariwao before it had its own schools, church and village council and its own administration. The first settlement was at Chibizai Toon naawa and at Mawarunao Airiisharda was one of the person owns other settlers.

Read more about: Katoonarub Village


Shawarowaoro : means the grandfather spirit of fishes area in Pawi shian language. The place was named by a tribe many years ago before it was made into a village. The first settlements were at Koshada Paawaza and KowaibaTawwa north west of Sawariwau village approximately 14 miles. The chief of that settlers was Koshara a Dawuzai man.

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Sand Creek

The Wapichan name for our Village is Soburun which means Howler Monkey home.

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Zoopo Naawa

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

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Shii (Shea) Village is located in Region 9. It is about 100 miles South East by dirt road from Lethem and is bounded on the North by the rolling Kanaku Mountains on the East by the Quitaro and Rewa rain forest and the south and west ant the south Rupununi savannah

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Maroraa Naawa  

The village is named after Giant Armadillo Hill. It is a Wapichan community with a few remaining families from the Tarauma tribe.

The village is located in the Deep South and is situated near the forest edge. There are over 812 persons living presently in the village and more than half of the population have migrated.

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Awaru wa'o Naawa 

As of 1909, when first missionary came we already had permanent settlements at Atoro baoko, Baizu tao along Iishi wa’o. Early family names such as Paulin, Peter Ignacio, Marata, Edmund family, comb back Andrew, Kadino’o (beard man) are still remembered today.

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Aishara Toon

The name of our village means ‘Ishara fish poison plant island’.

Read more about: Aishara Toon. Village

Karaodaz Naawa

The village got its name from a very big snake, referred to as karau. 
Read more about: Karaodaz Naawa village.


 The area has long been used by our ancestors. The main village site of today was opened by Uncle Henry Lawrence and his sons in 1983. The Wai Wai families came to join the funding families several years afterwards.

Read more about: Parobaz Village.

Achawib Village

The village got its name from a wild garlic named “Achawi’’ which can be found growing in abundance along creeks and mountains nearby the village. 
Read more about: Achawib Village.

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