Tales in the Guyanese Vernacular

Tales in the Guyanese Vernacular PDF Author: Barney Singh
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781480186644
Category : Humor
Languages : en
Pages : 200

Book Description
This collection of humorous short stories in the Guyanese Vernacular (Creolese) by master story teller, Barney Singh, has entertained Guyanese in the Toronto Area at various functions over the last thirty years. Available in print for the first time, these stories immediately transport the reader to Guyana. Readers dipping into this treasuary of short stories, can satisfy feelings of nostalgia for their homeland, Guyana, as they strive to show “what Guyana's sons and daughters can be” in environments bearing no resemblance to home as they knew it.

Fables & Tales of Guyana

Fables & Tales of Guyana PDF Author: Mrs Norma Jean
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780978030711
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 124

Book Description
This is my second book on tales of the Caribbean and it was inspired by the first book that was so well loved. Fables and Tales are stories I have attempted to retell to the best of my memory for all the Caribbean and Guyanese/Canadian parents and grandparents to read to their little ones. It will enrich your relationship with them and help them to understand you even better and cherish these memories.

Short and Sweet

Short and Sweet PDF Author: Robert J. Fernandes
Publisher: Hansib Publishing (Caribbean), Limited
ISBN: 9781906190194
Category : Guyana
Languages : en
Pages : 150

Book Description
A collection of 25 short stories and fables that chronicle a way of life that is unmistakably Guyanese. Well-known Guyanese adventurer Fernandes writes from life experience, providing a fascinating snapshot of the Guyanese way of life. His characters range from lost tribes to porknocker wives; from Leroy the laxative man to Ma Bancroft the gun-toting old lady. The fables are a product of his imagination, and examine the lives of rainbows, raindrops, old dogs, snail hawks and trees from a refreshingly Guyanese perspective.

Fables & Tales of Guyana

Fables & Tales of Guyana PDF Author: Norma Jean
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780978030704
Category : Folklore
Languages : en
Pages : 124

Book Description
Fables and Tales are stories I have attempted to retell to the best of my memory for all the Caribbean and Guyanese/ Canadian parents and grandparents to read to their little ones. It will enrich your relationship with them and help them to understand you even better and cherish these memories.

Guyana Stories & Passages

Guyana Stories & Passages PDF Author: Hanif Gulmahamad
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781500657123
Category : Literary Collections
Languages : en
Pages : 300

Book Description
This book contains twenty two stories, a list of Guyanese creole proverbs, and twelve passages. It is written by Dr. Hanif Gulmahamad, BCE, a scholar, scientist, poet, and writer who is an American of Guyanese descent. He left Guyana for the first time on May 29, 1968 to seek higher education in the United States of America. He returned in 1976 and spent two years lecturing in the Department of Biology, University of Guyana, Turkeyen. He left the country again in December 1977 and returned to southern California. This book, like the others he has written, attempts to preserve for posterity a record of what life was like back in the old days in the motherland. His generation is rapidly moving on to the hereafter and he felt an obligation to tell these stories so that they can be secured for future generations.

Guyana Legends

Guyana Legends PDF Author: Odeen Ishmael
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465356703
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 212

Book Description
Guyana Legends—Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians By Odeen Ishmael G uyana Legends—Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians is a collection of fifty folk tales of the first people to inhabit Guyana and the contiguous regions of the north coast of the South American continent. Very little is known of Amerindian history in Guyana before the arrival of European settlers in the early seventeenth century and, actually, no written form of their languages existed until about seventy years ago. Indeed, much of the history of the Amerindians people is based on oral traditions which are not quite clear because the periods when important events occurred are difficult to place. Still, native oral traditions are very rich in folk stories of the ancestral heroes and heroines of these indigenous people. Some of these folk stories have varying versions among the nine different language groups—or tribes— that comprise the Amerindian population of Guyana. Such a difference is illustrated in this book which presents two different tales of how fire was acquired and various versions of the legend of two immortal folk heroes, the bothers Makonaima and Pia. This present collection of Amerindian legends was compiled over a lengthy period of many years during which I listened to and collected versions of these tales from elderly Amerindians in various regions of Guyana, and more recently from Amerindian residents of the Delta Amacuro region of Venezuela, on the frontier with Guyana. Significantly, most of these legends were also summarised since the late nineteenth century by a succession of writers, including Everard F. im Thurn, W.H. Brett, Walter Roth and Leonard Lambert. But it is significant to note that those versions—by no means original—which were related by those writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have undergone some changes with the passing years, and new characters have been added to them. Since Amerindians of the North West District of Guyana are ethnologically and culturally related to those in the eastern regions of Venezuela, particularly the Delta Amacuro region, it is noteworthy that the myths and legends of those Venezuelan Amerindians bear close similarities to those of their Guyanese counterparts. Interestingly, the Guajiro people—Amerindians of Arawak background living in north-west Venezuela near to Lake Maracaibo—also have some folk-tales that closely resemble those of their “relatives” living in the North-West District of Guyana and the Delta Amacuro region of Venezuela. For further information, the writings of Venezuelan researchers, Cesaréo de Armellada, Maria Manuela de Cora and Michel Perrin are recommended. It is essential to note too that an important character in Amerindian legend is “Tiger”. While there are a number of tigers in the stories—and generally they are all villains—these animals, however, are not part of the fauna in Guyana or the entire American continent. What is generally referred to as a “tiger” is the large spotted jaguar. And the “black tiger”, mentioned in one of the stories in this book, is the large South American puma. Twenty of the folk tales included in this collection appear in my earlier book, Amerindian Legends of Guyana, published in 1995. However, they have now been revised and, in some cases, retitled. Among the thirty other stories are those of two clever tricksters in Amerindian folklore, the lazy but sly Konehu and the wily rabbit, Koneso. Readers will find these legends of the original inhabitants of Guyana informative in the anthropological sense, in addition to being interesting and entertaining at the same time.

Vernaculars in the Classroom

Vernaculars in the Classroom PDF Author: Shondel Nero
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135073627
Category : Education
Languages : en
Pages : 242

Book Description
This book draws on applied linguistics and literary studies to offer concrete means of engaging with vernacular language and literature in secondary and college classrooms. The authors embrace a language-as-resource orientation, countering the popular narrative of vernaculars as problems in schools. The book is divided into two parts, with the first half of the book providing linguistic and pedagogical background, and the second half offering literary case studies for teaching. Part I examines the historical and continued devaluing of vernaculars in schools, incorporating clear, usable explanations of relevant theories. This section also outlines the central myths and paradoxes surrounding vernacular languages and literatures, includes productive ways for teachers to address those myths and paradoxes, and explores challenges and possibilities for vernacular language pedagogy. In Part II, the authors provide pedagogical case studies using literary texts written in vernacular Englishes from around the world. Each chapter examines a vernacular-related topic, and concludes with discussion questions and writing assignments; an appendix contains the poems and short stories discussed, and other teaching resources. The book provides a model of interdisciplinary inquiry that can be beneficial to scholars and practitioners in composition, literature, and applied linguistics, as well as students of all linguistic backgrounds.

Stories from Guyana

Stories from Guyana PDF Author: Rudy A. S. Gafur
Publisher:
ISBN:
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 144

Book Description

Tales, Tunes, and Tassa Drums

Tales, Tunes, and Tassa Drums PDF Author: Peter Manuel
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252096770
Category : Music
Languages : en
Pages : 304

Book Description
Today's popular tassa drumming emerged from the fragments of transplanted Indian music traditions half-forgotten and creatively recombined, rearticulated, and elaborated into a dynamic musical genre. A uniquely Indo-Trinidadian form, tassa drumming invites exploration of how the distinctive nature of the Indian diaspora and its relationship to its ancestral homeland influenced Indo-Caribbean music culture. Music scholar Peter Manuel traces the roots of neotraditional music genres like tassa drumming to North India and reveals the ways these genres represent survivals, departures, or innovative elaborations of transplanted music forms. Drawing on ethnographic work and a rich archive of field recordings, he contemplates the music carried to Trinidad by Bhojpuri-speaking and other immigrants, including forms that died out in India but continued to thrive in the Caribbean. His reassessment of ideas of creolization, retention, and cultural survival defies suggestions that the diaspora experience inevitably leads to the loss of the original culture, while also providing avenues to broader applications for work being done in other ethnic contexts.

Guyana

Guyana PDF Author: Frances Chambers
Publisher: Oxford : Clio Press
ISBN:
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 228

Book Description

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