31 years ago today, 918 people died in the Jonestown Mass Murder-Suicide
. One week later, CBC Radio aired this comprehensive examination
[MP3] of the events leading up the tragedy, including cult leader Jim Jones' rise to power, the founding of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Guyana, and the ill-fated investigative delegation headed by Congressman Leo Ryan which precipitated the tragic event.
Due to “credible death and kidnapping threats”
, T-Pain has cancelled a concert in Guyana for Mashramani
, the festival that marks the anniversary of Guyana’s independence from Great Britain.
Last years, celebration was soured by a killing spree
perpetrated by a heavily armed gang led by man known as “Fine Man”. Because the 23 victims were mainly of East Indian descent, the massacre was a powder keg issue for the tiny South American nation. With a population of 44% East Indian and 30% African ancestries, Guyana tends to be socially and politically divided along ethnic identity lines. [more inside]
From Silver Lake to Suicide:
One Family's Secret History of the Jonestown Massacre.
of French Guiana and Surinam (Bush Negroes or Maroons
) are a unique, and little-known group of peoples (Boni or Aluku
) who escaped from Dutch plantations in the early 1700's, who battled for independence which was recognized through various treaties -- notably by the Treaty of Albina which France and the Netherlands signed in 1860 (I can't find any info on the net), and who still live an African-type life largely based around the Maroni River
between French Guiana
, as citizens of either one country or the other. Their language is Sranan Tongo
(a mixture of African Languages, English, Dutch, Portuguese and Hebrew -- also known as Taki-Taki -- click for a listen
Historical and scholarly works are scarce, but they exist
(In English but mostly in Dutch or French).
Some pictures of typical houses
. Symbolic Woodwork
. More art
. Images of the people of French Guyana
. Images of various canoes in French Guiana. More photos of the Maroni River
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