Kurupukari

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Kurupukari
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Kurupukari
Location in Guyana
Coordinates: 4°40′19″N58°40′13″W / 4.67194°N 58.67028°W / 4.67194; -58.67028 Coordinates: 4°40′19″N58°40′13″W / 4.67194°N 58.67028°W / 4.67194; -58.67028
Country Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana
Region Upper Demerara-Berbice
Elevation
81 m (266 ft)
Population
 (2012) [1]
  Total244

Fairview (Kurupukari) is an indigenous [2] settlement on the Essequibo River, in the Upper Demerara-Berbice region of Guyana. It is the entry point to the Iwokrama Forest. Former president David A. Granger once referred to Iwokrama as the "green heart of Guyana." [3]

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The demographics of the village include mostly Arawak, Macushi, Wapishana and more recently, Patamona people. [4]

The Linden-Lethem Road crosses the river here by a ferry. [5] Fairview on the west side of the Essequibo River, has an unpaved airstrip, [6] [3] as well as a public health post, a primary and nursery school. [4]

Ecological Community

Fairview village has a conservation area for Blue-and-yellow macaws. [7] The village also manages a Sustainable Use Area of the Iwokrama Forest. [8] A 1990-1997 baseline inventory of fauna in the Kurupukari area included specimens of amphibians and reptiles such as Smooth-sided toad, Map tree frog, White-lined leaf frog, Anolis fuscoauratus, and Erythrolamprus aesculapii. [9]

History

Amerindian settlement of the area goes back thousands of years, with evidence of pottery found in archeological digs. [10] [11]

Kurupukari was an outpost point on the Rupununi Cattle Trail which operated between 1920 and 1953, the first overland link between the coastal region and the Rupununi. The contemporary founding of the settlement was in 1925, by three siblings and their extended family; Miriam, Eunice, and Arthur Andries. The main economic activity of the forest was bleeding the latex (or balata) from Manilkara bidentata trees, but when the value plummeted, workers from the Apoteri balata factory relocated to Fairview. In 1992, Fairview was connected to the Linden-Lethem Road. In 2006, Fairview received the title for approximately 21,950.82 hectares of village lands. [4]

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References

  1. "2012 Population by Village". Statistics Guyana. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. "Indigenous Villages | Ministry of Amerindian Affairs" . Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  3. 1 2 "Lengthier Fairview airstrip can boost Iwokrama tourism – President". Stabroek News. 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  4. 1 2 3 "Fairview | North Rupununi District Development Board". nrddb.org. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  5. INEWS (2018-05-02). "UK funded bridging of Kurupukari crossing to commence soon- Patterson". INews Guyana. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  6. "Roraima plane runs off Fair View airstrip". Stabroek News. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  7. "Blue and yellow Macaw". Stabroek News. 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  8. "Iwokrama needs to become example of sustainability -Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General". Stabroek News. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  9. Macculloch, Ross; Reynolds, Robert (2013). "Baseline inventory of Amphibians and reptiles in the vicinity of Kurupukari, Guyana". Check List. Pensoft Publishers. 9: 1378.
  10. "Recent investigations into Amerindian prehistory". Stabroek News. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  11. "Groundbreaking archaeological discoveries being made in Guyana". Stabroek News. 2010-08-15. Retrieved 2020-12-25.

Kurupukari Mapcarta (for coordinates and elevation)