The idea started with Damon Corrie, a well known Barbadian of Guyanese Arawak descent who stated that he wants to give the Arawak youth something positive to apply their natural talents to; and prepare for every year from now on.
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' possibly being held in Bolivia in the future.
The current July 2007 event will be known officially as the 'Ernest C. Simon Memorial Sports Festival' - in honor of Corrie's sport's loving Arawak brother-in-law who died in 2001 at the age of 33. Simon was a resident of the
Corrie said that although he put the idea to his relatives in
UCTP President and Chairman, Roberto Mucaro Borrero stated "this is a wonderful initiative and something all Indigenous Peoples can be proud of; it is my hope that our community can come together to send a team of Taino youth to compete at a future event."
The Makushi Tribe (
After the Festival the event winners and a list of donors will be made public in a press-release and photos will be posted on-line.