The aim of the 2017 Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, New York is to provide the Guyanese, Caribbean and Brooklyn communities with a satisfying introduction to Guyana’s indigenous heritage and creativity.

Each of the signature events for the season will contribute to this goal. For example, one of the themes to be explored at this year’s Symposium and Literary Hang (Thursday, August 31 and Saturday, September 2) is the state of Guyanese archeology.

In his 2003 book, Prehistoric Guyana, Denis Williams stated the Guianas occupy “somewhat more than a quarter of the area of the rain forests of the Amazon Basin and boasts an antiquity directly associated with the Early Man migrations into the southern continent 12,000 or more years ago.” (Denis Williams, Prehistoric Guiana, p. 6)

Williams also pointed out:

“Sources for the study of the ancient cultures of the Guianas are many and diverse. Shell mound complexes, petroglyphs, pictographs, stone tools and weapons, earthworks, pottery, artificial depressions, rock alignments, rock circles and related structures, and human burials, taken together, have stimulated a sizeable though uneven literature during the past hundred or so years.” (Denis Williams, p. 6).

In this post, we look at some examples of the types of sources Denis Williams referred to. Thanks to the Amerindian Research Unit, University of Guyana and the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology for their support.