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An Ethnohistory of Amerindians in Guyana

W. Edwards and K. Gibson
Ethnohistory
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Spring, 1979), pp. 161-175
Published by: Duke University Press
DOI: 10.2307/481091
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/481091
Page Count: 15
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An Ethnohistory of Amerindians in Guyana
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Abstract

After providing some general demographic information about the present Amerindian population in Guyana, this article gives an historical account of the migration of Amerindian tribal groups into this South American country (formerly British Guina). It is claimed that Amerindians of the Warrau stock (one tribe, the Warraus) were the first to arrive. Their original home is not known but it is suggested that their migration to Guyana took place during a period when they were still describable as "marginal" people. The Arawak people came next, migrating originally from the Orinoco/Rio Negro area of South America. The Arawak were probably followed closely by the Carib people (six tribes) who probably migrated from the Xingu/Tapayoz area of Brazil, South America.

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