Heritage dinner marks end of Indigenous Heritage Month activities

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The Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs on Saturday night brought
down the curtains for major activities surrounding Amerindian Heritage
month, with an annual dinner at the Mirage Banquet & Conference Hall,
Georgetown.

Over 55 activities were celebrated by Indigenous villages across
Guyana during the month-long festivity, with the ministry observing at
least 11 such events.

Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie
Garrido-Lowe expressed appreciation to the supporters from Georgetown
and those who travelled across the regions to participate in the
events, while noting an increase in patrons this year.

The Minister identified the Indigenous lecture series, which was
introduced at the school level as one of the many activities she
believed was vital to the Guyanese society.

“I felt my fellow Guyanese sisters and brothers needed to understand
more about Indigenous culture, customs and traditions. And with
understanding would come more tolerance and appreciation.”

In addition, Minister Valerie Garrido–Lowe said,

“We still have a long way to go because some may think our traditional
way of dress is indecent. So there is still a road to travel to
understand and appreciate each other. We are all Guyanese and we have
different culture and traditions.”

The dinner was also a fundraising effort to raise finances to
establish a library and children’s corner at the Indigenous Residence
in Georgetown, and for students at the Indigenous dormitory. A number
of books were donated to the ministry, for the new project by a
representative of Hand-in-Hand Trust Guyana at the event

This year’s Indigenous Heritage Month was celebrated under the theme
“Proud of our Indigenous identity- celebrating in unity.”

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