Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: What the Co-op Republic offers the world of CARIFESTA
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 Material Information
Title: What the Co-op Republic offers the world of CARIFESTA
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Josiah, Henry W.
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 2/23/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199663
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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What the Co-op Republic

off erst hewor

Benry W. Joiah IAfro m, brought in
Henry their drums. They change
litanies in- Swahili as di-
EXTREME nationalists are ected by their leaders. They
aong our people. Racists ang and danced to the beat
are part of our people too, of the drums in a festival or-
They exist not only in Guy- ganised by the African So-
nan. iciety for Cultural Relations
Here in the Co-operative with Independent Arica.
Republic, as in other coun- Young and old-fxs -
tries, these people get tagged school 'Cildre i" t
tbat way because of their pager to gr4hdnothers and
words or deeds arising fromigrandfathers danced and
their sense of insecurity or sang together for half a day'
inferiority. They feel un- and then went their separate
wanted, neglected. They ways tired and happy, with.
yearn for social esteem. ; s of achikvepYet. Their
They want, like most others, eei t O WhW i-i Tlr.i-
identity, recognition of their loaietng oPtii ow had
ielf-esteem. They want to ex- beeI olsaterAd by 'the ti
iresq themselves. Can it be f identity with others wwho
0_in~ed with justice that valu4 the same things. their
what they want is unreason- heritage from the proud and
able What is unreasonable ciEt ivilitiVjns of Afr
Is the way they express .
lh(ifselves. Nqoody seized to see Iagy
t seems to me that a big ,'ing odd albeit the fac* that
iportunity is coming up phe public address system the
sopr in Quyana for such peo-. ASCRIA groups were using
ple to prove their worth an or their aging and rteiiclp
gaii their reasonable goal i Aftian poetry ad prYe4lr
ina socially useful way. was own ed-a operated on
I thought of this a few he saot--by a group of In-
weeks ago when aI joined'dians who enjoyed the Festi-
with Black Culture groupsal as much as everyone el.e.
frori all along the Guyanal Nor did any of the hun-.
coa,t who h* gathered ind~ied of Guyanese gatheWed
hundreds at ESndvoort on the t Samdvoort seem to see
Calie not far from the scene aything odd about the obvi-
f i he 1763 Berbice Revoluus fact that the man lead-
tio through which Cuff~to them 14o the SwpAhli
bec? me our first Nations harnts and prayers wap a
Hero. I -Guyanese a North
Froni Albouystown and ercan Negro who 4a
Bagotville, Buxton. and I .art-visitd Afric;.
rnouth and villages front theiCULTU1AL REVOLUTOW
-Coreiatyne to RsFqY41ib ec1
grou, dressed in colorful That the cultural revolu-

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tion which had brought thetm
together frotn o i r -m
BOiity on the Guy4p# etast
cultural erurteat with.
world oi14e A4re; anid
Guysa m ered little, at
al to he fpow. gr u
hc long ben ep r ay

Ibr' tocp e Jy t'
For theam early tihe
day 4atrnoaon ctS a
rad4w blowdwS 4
*Ud by the ed4r er
wruteda nulbnuml "thinf t6
proudly hand down to the
younger ones who wanted
and found lots of fun.
These drum ftstvt 4o1k
will be wag th0ce dgl(v-
ing Otryraese cxiS'e *t
world at the Cariibbean lgtrl
val of Creative Afi- in
Georgetown, Auguot 3S -
Septetmber 15 whea *teY
take the lersaw?tpl *4
with 4th* usit P", s e'f
and sisters of other eCUawail
ierhaipe the Indian or
African oulturae Vro put-
tfiane 1s-ar-d t*611v Wow -
wil esmw to e Iat wht
wPees for Ouyanese eutreW
a Terily a aborrowL thi


large ared by our neigh-
bours in the Caribbean and
South America.
Lo0k" at the Gusyanese
children-In4ian and Afri-
an and other races-singing
and dancing the music ot
India and folk songs and
d aes from the creole slave
society and indentured innli-
Igr gt- iroUps. Watch the
hildrea o ing intricate
dquzes to 'the drum music
4nd the elaborately costumed
youngsters of various races
in thy masquerade bands
carrying on a Guyanese tra-
,,ttio_ play-tim~e. activity
*iiite h 'in. o anger of 4y-
it oijtt, d see how the pro-
j"1t which the world's first
and only co-operative repub-
lic cqn h lp at Carifesta to
show the world 4 way of
Wridging tjihe generationn
(ar.riot *ucb cultuwal
ae tvity' breed *e self-re.
aspect, mutual respect and
tolerance which is necessary
for harmonious race rela-
Ours is not the only coun-
try in which young people
have been rejecting their
parents' experience and
standards which they see as
having little or no relevance
to the present-day situation.
Ours is not the only country
in wlch this generation gap
has been threatening to
break the flow of cultural
continuity. Ours is not the
only country in which the in-
cresing diffoutty in commy-
nication between the genera-
tions hs been leading to less
and lets opportunity for the
youag people to learn from
the experience of their
elders, resulting in a throw-
of #*o old eglitural
T4L4 g, $ 10io 6f a
a l "pp p-
; G;y aa can offer the
wer Is a way of presrving
t 'e Pytie' pIatterpi$
t t rv to Welp our
of liveryy wad
: i i)preprve their
a rad, ipad world

is one way of preservlng cul-
tyral values. iHundred of
tNor Ame n, .0ropean
4 ad Carilfimn su de4te I
iome to Caritesta i serc'b of

new cultural cxpertiect
Through contact with pwopipi
of different customs, habils
and language Radio, tclevi
sion and the inte rnationnl
press will record the achieve
merits of the people in this'
part of the world. Carifesal!
will present to us and our
neighbours in the region the
reality of our common liern
tage and help to break down
suspicions and hostile atti-
tudes which might have beec
developing between us aidr
our neighbours through hlact
of understanding.
When we dance to the local
Rhytlimaires' popular inter-
pretation of "Sobaniraat" or
the renditions of the ouce-
rejecled Jamaica Restafarihn
songs now sweeping the re-
gional acene, when we sec
the cultural offerings of
Haiti and Cuba, Mlartiniqu
and Surinam, Brazil and
Venezuela and the rest of tiw
25 comutries of the Carib.
bean and South America at
Carifesta, our folk at Samid
voort and their fellow Guy-
anese may come to see how
their lives and those of nur
Caribbean neighbours hlitv.
come under 'the iinfluetnc tf
iJternational enter racial
Whein it dawns oni those
who are arguing about Guy-
anese culture that our cut-
tyral traits have been ac-
quired from other cultures,
they may begin to take a
reasonable pride in the dis-
tinctive ways in which we ,in
Guyana have developed what
we borrowed from the world
and are now giving back to
tihe comrMon world pool of
creativity in music, painting,
soudpture, literature and the
other arts. We will realise
what we owe to Beethoven
aid Brahmns, Tagore and Dos-
t4jyeavgy and the authors of
the lle, Koran and Bhaga-
Perflaps when we all rea-
Ulse the importance of such
eultuurl treasures as our
Tinabri, rock-carvings and
the shantos of Bill Rogers
and his contemporaries, we
will understand the need, to
preserve these treasure not,
o*ly for enriching the experi-
ease of fellow Guyanese but'
also for mankind in general,

Cultural activity closets the generation gap. From the villages of Guyana folk groups
are moving into the national limelight in a folk festival out of which will emerge the
best performers to represent Guyana at the Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts. These
groups, like others in the rest of the Carifesta countries, comprise boys and girls and
old men and women combining to keep alive the traditional forms of couniiunity en

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