THE ANNUAL FOLK FESTIVAL SEASONS HAVE PROVIDED THE PLATFORMS TO SHOWCASE, TO CELEBRATE, AND TO DOCUMENT THIS HERITAGE

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT 
Theme: We Bridgin’
CELEBRATING OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE
“Treasure the inheritance ”
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MISSION:

BRING TOGETHER A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL EXPLORATION AND CELEBRATION ON GUYANA’S INDIGENOUS HERITAGE

 

 

 

Dear GCA Supporters,

Thank you for your generous support of Guyana Folk Festival 2017.  It is not sufficient just to say thank you.  We think it is important to let you know what your support made happen.

Your support allowed us to organize a memorable season.  It was intergenerational, international, and multi-sensory.  Guyana’s indigenous heritage—creation stories, design, music, and dance–were at the core of this season’s events, starting with our Summer Heritage Workshop series for the youth.  The creativity of the participants was showcased at the 2017 Awards Ceremony.

The Awards Ceremony launched our signature events, which deepened our appreciation of Guyana’s indigenous traditions and creativity.  The 2017 Symposium and Literary Hang was a substantial contribution to the contemporary conversation on Guyanese identity.  It was a gathering of citizens, artists, dancers, lyricists, musicians, scholars, writers, and culinary artists.  They held conversations about institutional histories; archeological, anthropological, and linguistic evidence, and public policy regarding Guyana’s indigenous heritage. 

It was through sponsors such as Capt. Gerry Gouveia and Dynamic Airlines we able to experience the contributions of the Karao Group from Karaudanau in Guyana’s South Rupununi across the signature events of Folk Festival 2017.  The group’s skit on the creation of the Wapsihana village in Karaudanau was a valuable contribution to our exploration of indigenous creation stories in Guyana’s mythoscape.  The group’s contributions were appreciated at Kwe Kwe Night and Family Fun Day.

We express our sincere thanks to Guyana’s Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United States Embassy in Guyana for facilitating the Karao Group’s travel.  In New York, we also extend sincere thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature;  Eric Adams, Borough President of Brooklyn; New York State Senator Roxanne Persaud; New York City Council Members, Mathieu Eugene, Jumaane Williams, and Alan Maisel; ; Con Edison, Metroplus Health Plan, Western Union, Fly Jamaica, Healthfirst, Suriname Airways and Material for the Arts.

At all our signature events were foods inspired by our indigenous heritage, adding taste to the other senses that were stimulated during the season.

Folk Festival 2017 was also another example of our continued commitment to community partnerships.  We partnered with the American Indian Community House (AICH) and this enabled international participation and exchange.  Native American artists, storytellers, and community leaders joined with us to welcome their “cousins form Guyana” and make hemispheric connections, especially with the Taino peoples of the Caribbean. 

This interaction between AICH and Karao continued even beyond the end of Guyana Folk Festival 2017.  AICH facilitated Karao’s participation at the Shinnecock Pow Wow at Southampton on Monday and held a special welcome at AICH’s space in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Your support for our 2017 season allowed us to deliver what we promised—a satisfying introduction to Guyana’s indigenous traditions and creativity.

In the upcoming months, we will launch the “Indigenous Heritage” tab on our Website and publish a special edition of Guyana Folk and Culture, our online magazine dedicated to the knowledge shared at the symposium and literary hang.  The YouTube channel Our Indigenous Heritage created by Yaphet Jackman, is another outgrowth of Folk Festival 2017.

We are grateful for your generous support, which tells us that you consider our mission and work as important. 

Again, we thank you and look forward to your ongoing support.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Vibert C. Cambridge, A.A., President

Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc.