Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Ninety million five hundred thousand dollars ($90.5M) was budgeted for the 2017 Heritage Celebrations that aims to affirm and preserve Indigenous customs, language and traditions by showcasing the works, literature, and art of Amerindians. The one-month celebration every September has increasingly attracted local and international interest and attention as more and more Guyanese become increasingly aware of the contributions of the Indigenous Peoples in the Arts and Development. A Village host is chosen annually. All villages celebrate the month through various activities in which The Ministry is always represented.
The month-long celebrations include the following activities:
- – Media Launch
- -Interfaith Service
- – Launch Ceremony
- – Food and Craft Exhibition
- – Cultural Extravaganza
- – Reflection and Exhibition on the life and Works of Stephen Campbell
- – Village Heritage Day Celebration-St. Cuthberts
- – Sports and Family day
- – Indigenous Heritage Dinner
One of the mandates of MoIPA is to help preserve the nine languages of the first nations of Guyana by creating programmes and initiatives through dictionary production, written literature and music development.
Other Cultural Initiatives/Plans