“Tasinpansa” lights up Main Street Avenue

As Amerindian Heritage Month continues under the theme “Sustaining our cultural heritage and identity while contributing to One Guyana,” the Amerindian Affairs Ministry has planned an activity titled “Tasinpansa” along the avenue at Main Street, Georgetown.
The event gives Guyanese, especially those from the Indigenous communities of Region One, Three, Nine and those along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway a chance to showcase their culture through clothing, craft, food, and beverages.
The exhibition commenced on Thursday, September 21, and culminated on Saturday. Guyana Times visited the exhibition on Saturday and spoke with several of the exhibitors who shared information about the products and foods they had to offer.
Ingrid’s Indigenous Cuisine had its special Tuma Pot (fish, chicken, and wildmeat), beef and chicken Pepperpot, the famous potato wine (fly), and its signature dish – cassava bread.
Ingrid explained that her beef and chicken Pepperpot are made from cassava water. “The beef and chicken are soaked overnight in the water to ensure the rich flavour comes out.”
She further expressed gratitude to the Amerindian Ministry for affording her the opportunity and more so, the public for their overwhelming support.
Another exhibitor, Lieome Lewis, showcased her locally hand-woven baskets, hammocks, handbags, and household décor. In fact, she travelled from Lethem to participate in the Amerindian Heritage Exhibition which was hosted at the Sophia Exhibition Site.
She too is thankful for the opportunity.
Dixie’s Punch De Cream, a cream liqueur business located in Buxton, East Coast Demerara, manufactures liqueurs made out of spices that come in three different flavours – the original Liqueur, capadula liqueur, and coffee.
Meanwhile, other exhibitors showcased their beautifully handmade crafts, paintings, and earrings that showcase the Amerindian culture.
The curtains were pulled on the three-day event with a grand cultural extravaganza.
Other activities to look forward to as Amerindian Heritage Month comes to an end are the Heritage Sports which commence on September 27 at the Everest Cricket Club Ground. Several other villages are also hosting its Heritage Month celebrations.
One of the biggest to look out for will be at St Cuthbert’s Mission (Pakuri) on September 30.