5/11/2006

Lectures on Amerindian role in development set

GUYANA - The Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology is highlighting the Amerindian contribution to Guyana's development by hosting a lecture series in honour of Guyana's 40th Independence anniversary.

The series is scheduled for May 10, 17 and 24 and will be held in the Conference Room of the museum at 5pm.

A press release from the museum informed that the series, titled 'The Stephen Campbell Lecture Series', will feature three celebrated Amerindian personalities including Philip Duncan, Justice of the Peace, former Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary (Home Affairs) 1966 and Minister of State (Amerindian Affairs) 1977; Sister Theresa LaRose, Sister of Mercy and artist George Simon.

The focus of the series is to educate the public about Campbell's contribution to the political and social development of Amerindians and Guyana. Presented under the theme 'aba karaiahu' - Honouring a Guyanese Amerindian Statesman; the legacy of the late Stephen Campbell' the series honours Campbell's struggle for Amerindian peoples' rights, particularly to their land, when he represented them at the pre-independence talks in London in 1966. Aba karaiahu or 'vision' is an Arawak phrase chosen for its fitting description of Campbell's dream for Amerindians nationwide.

Campbell hailed from the North West District, Region 1 and is the father of renowned Arawak Lokono singer David Campbell of Canada.

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