The Legend: Post-Emancipation Villages in Guyana: Making World History
This book was spun like a silk thread into existence, linking ‘our then’ with ‘our now’, linking our dawn with our dusk. This book was spoken, a real audio book, by Eusi Kwayana interviewed by David Hinds. Eusi is a legend in his own time. He is a consummate educator, a thinker, a teacher, a leader, a giant of a man!, a “village man,” an elder at ninety-one . . . a griot at best. It is a rare and long awaited historical interview. It is a conversation of how former enslaved Africans in Guyana collectively bought villages. They pioneered human living, civic rights and social change. The conversation outlines the general course of change going forward, winning and losing, but enduring. Being their own lawgivers, Africans created rights they previously didn’t have. Hard facts, glimpses of culture, custom, and opinions of scholars are included in this book. Many important persons, unknown as villagers, infused with life again, leap off the pages. This book celebrates the celebrated with many pages of a black-and-white photo insert. It’s a chronicle of the effect of African people on Guyana’s socio-economic history against the back-drop of the Caribbean world stage. The interview took many years from 2004 to 2011, the UN International Year for People of African Descent. The conversation starts from the year 1839. “We give thanks for the ancestors who sent forth ‘Dada’ Eusi to teach us.