BARBADIANS SPONSORING ARAWAK SPORTS FESTIVAL IN GUYANA

A group of Barbadians have decided to come together and sponsor an unprecedented 4-day long sports festival on Pakuri Arawak Territory in Guyana next month – featuring such events as Archery, Cricket, Canoe-racing and Football – for both males and females in the tribe.

It seems the concept is the brainchild of Damon Corrie – a well known Barbadian of Guyanese Arawak descent who said that he wants to give the Arawak youth something positive to apply their natural talents to; and prepare for annually hereafter.

Corrie hopes to widen the scope by next year and turn it into what would be Guyana’s first ‘National Inter-Tribal Games‘ in 2008 – which would be a 9-day long mega-event, and he foresees potential for an eventual Hemisphere-wide or even Global ‘Inter-Tribal Olympics‘ being held in Bolivia in the future.

[NBBolivia is the only country in the world with an Indigenous President, government, AND majority of the national population..]

The current July 2007 event will be known officially as the ‘Ernest C. Simon Memorial Sports Festival‘ – in honor of Damon’s sport’s loving Arawak brother-in-law who died in 2001 at the age of 33.

Corrie said that although he put the idea to his relatives in Barbados in a very last-minute fashion – they immediately saw the merit in it and offered to donate prize money and trophies (which are being made by the Barbados firm of Blades & Williams Trophies Ltd.), with relatives abroad also getting involved and even non-relatives who got wind of the idea wanting to participate and making donations.

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  1. This is a very great idea. Who knows it might develope to be as big as the Calgary stampede in Canada but with out so many cowboys but I am sure they will all be welcome to what could one of the greatest shows on earth in the making. All the best to Damon Corrie and all involved from my Wife Kim (Damon’s aunt) our daughter Kayla and myself Harry Hinds (The Crocodile) Oh by the way my girls’football team is named “The Caymans”

  2. I just wanted to say that I feel very privileged to be a part of the sports festival that ‘cousin’ Damon has not only oranganized but has kindly invited us to be a part of this very special event for our family in Guyana.
    May God bless you as you continue to do such Fabulous and not to mention “Selfless” work. Our hearts have been truly touched!

  3. I just wanted to say that I feel very privileged to be a part of the sports festival that ‘cousin’ Damon has not only oranganized but has kindly invited us to be a part of this very special event for our family in Guyana.
    May God bless you as you continue to do such Fabulous and not to mention “Selfless” work. Our hearts have been truly touched!

  4. Hi all,

    just wanted to add one correction – it is D. Blades Trophies Ltd. (I always make the mistake and say ‘Blades & Williams Trophies’ – when no such entity exists).
    Also – the Makushi tribe (Brazil & Guyana) is interested in sending one of their top footballers to Pakuri for this year’s event, and
    Mr. Jeff Goss of the Cherokee Tribe in the USA heard about it and has sponsored a men’s football team to play against my own Arawak ‘Red-shirts’ in the Sport’s Festival, with Dominica Carib’s keen on participating in 2008; so in a sense this years ‘2007’ events already has an international flavor to it, I only hope it will continue to mushroom and come 2008 others will also volunteer as sponsors and ensure ANOTHER successful effort.

    This is unprecedented in Amerindian history of the entire CARICOM region, a million thanks to everyone who has helped in any way!

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