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Michael Abraham, A.A., is a ‘Special Person’ull Quote: ‘Give me the Rupununi anytime’Michael Abraham, Sr., can’t pluck his guitar strings like he once did. There is something wrong with the thumb on his right hand. But nothing is wrong with his mouth, so he can still play the Mari Mari from his favourite mouth organ.Mari Mari, if you didn’t know, is a traditional song (and dance that goes by the same name) of the Amerindian Macushi people, among whom Abraham has spent most of his life. In fact, it is the Macushi people and the others in the hinterland that he has spent most of his adult life trying to uplift – economically, socially and culturally.Currently, Abraham and Vincent Fredericks, another cultural teacher, are busy preparing a delegation to perform at a Guyana-Brazil Festival billed for late September in the Brazil border community of Bom Fim.Abraham himself will be playing three English compositions – two Brazilian compositions, and of course, the Macushi Mari Mari.Now, retired, he has more time to concentrate on preserving Amerindian arts these days, and is enjoying every bit of it.And what better place to spend the rest of his life than the sprawling savannahs of the Rupununi!“Give me the Rupununi anytime,” he told Kaieteur News this week while on a visit to Georgetown. “I can sleep at night with all my windows open; its real freedom from fear.”His peace, though, comes not just from the Rupununi’s tranquil nature. It is from years of hard work – as an educator, a community activist,China Jerseys Free Shipping, a Parliamentarian, and an enthusiast of Amerindian culture.Michael AbrahamEARLY LIFEMichael Abraham was, in fact, not born in the Rupununi. He was born at the Acquero Health Centre in Moruca, North West District.His parents, Patrick and Mary Abraham, were descendants of the Spanish Arawak people who fled uprisings in Venezuela, and came to live along the border river communities of this country.As a result, Spanish Arawak was mostly spoken in the home. Some English was also used.  Patrick and Mary Abraham were both teachers, and this explains how he came to be in the Rupununi.When he was just about eight years old, his father was asked by the Roman Catholic Church to set up a school in the Wapishana-inhabited village of Awaruwaunau in the South Rupununi. He agreed. It was there that Abraham would learn to speak the Wapishana Language.The family subsequently returned to Moruca, where Abraham was enrolled at the Santa Rosa school.However, his father was again asked to set up another school – this time at Nappi village among the Macushi people of the North Rupununi.He attended the very school for two years, after which his father transferred him to the “far higher and better” school, St Ignatius. He spent a year at that school, but was again transferred – to Sand Creek, in the South Rupununi. So, he was back again with the Wapishana people.The Sand Creek School was run by the daughter of the late Stephen Campbell, the first Amerindian to become a Parliamentarian in Guyana.Abraham would complete his high school education at that school, and once he graduated he took up a teaching job right there.Michael and Eleanor Abraham with their childrenHe then moved to Georgetown to attend the Teachers’ Training College. It was there that he met Eleanor, a beautiful student teacher from Skeldon (what is now Corriverton) on the Corentyne Coast, and the two got married, and had a total of eight children in the ensuing years.After graduating from teachers’ training college,Authentic China NFL Jerseys, Abraham applied for a scholarship to study Modern Mathematics in Australia. His application was successful,cheap nfl jerseys online, but as things would turn out, he never did travel to Australia – the confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education was stuck at Aishalton, a good distance away, and when it finally did reach Abraham, it was already two weeks after the deadline for him to confirm his acceptance.“I was very disappointed; I was very upset.”Grappling with the despair, his wife urged him to go ahead with his plans to study. As a result, he enrolled at the Guyana School of Agriculture, where he pursued a Diploma Course.Once his studies were successfully completed, Abraham returned to Nappi Village, where there was a vacancy for a Head Teacher. He applied and got the job.A fine archerPARLIAMENTARIANBy that time, he joined The United Force (TUF) party under then leader Marcellus Fielden Singh (who succeeded party founder Peter D’Aguiar).As a result,Cheap NHL Adidas Jerseys, he was asked by the party to be its representative in the National Assembly. So for 18 years, Abraham sat on the opposition benches, championing the cause of the Amerindian people.In the early days of his Parliamentary life,Cheap NFL Jerseys, Abraham said he had cause to highlight a number of problems the Amerindian people faced, including exploitation, and just generally how they were taken advantage of by coastlanders.One case still fresh in his mind is when the head teacher from the village of Achawib was badly beaten by a group of coastlanders. When it appeared that the men were going to “get off” Abraham highlighted the issue, and then President, the late Desmond Hoyte,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, sent in a group of soldiers to the area and the men were brought to justice.In addition, he remembers being involved in the vociferous fight against the construction of a hydro project in the Mazaruni, which was first announced by Prime Minister Burnham in the early 1970s. The plan would involve the flooding of several Amerindian villages, and having the residents relocated.The project was eventually abandoned, owing mainly to Venezuela’s objection to World Bank funding.With Eleanor on their engagement dayAbraham’s main concerns were for the Amerindian people to be treated fairly.He said coastlanders would buy items such as ground provisions and craft from the Amerindian people at a very low cost, owing largely to the fact that the Amerindians were unaware of the real value that should be attached to these items.Abraham said it was only after Conservation International started working in the Rupununi, that the Amerindians there became aware of the real prices that they should have been getting for quality items such as their hammocks, other weaved products, and ornamental bows and arrows.In addition, Abraham said he was also concerned about access to health care services.“Sometimes, persons would be left to die in a health centre because they could get no medication,” he recalls. Now though, Abraham says things have changed considerably.However, while access to social services has improved, Abraham says one problem that remains is high unemployment.Today, as at the time of his advocacy in Parliament, Amerindian youths continue to leave the hinterland for the coastland and neighbouring Brazil looking for jobs.He said that while some Amerindian youths end up finding good jobs, a good number of the males end up working on farms and the females as domestic workers.“The problem of unemployment in the hinterland will not end unless industries or other opportunities are opened up for the Amerindian youths to utilise their education and skills,” Abraham reasons.In the years gone by, he has sought to help villagers, young and old, to be gainfully occupied. He helped mobilized the community to increase agricultural and craft production and assisted in identifying market opportunities.Added to that, until his retirement three years ago, Abraham worked with the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs for five years addressing the issue of HIV/AIDS, and other social ills.As a respected leader in his village, he continues to use his life to help in the development of his community.But it was not all work for Abraham. He had his good days of using his bow and arrow to catch fish, and to outdo his contemporaries in a good game of archery.Abraham is the holder of a national award – The Golden Arrow of Achievement (A.A.) – for his service in community development and his efforts to preserve the Amerindian culture.As he enjoys retirement, Abraham is now more focused than ever on ensuring that the cultural traditions of the Amerindians are maintained.Just as back in the days when he travelled with his group from the hinterland to Georgetown to perform at Guyfesta – the Guyana Festival of Arts – Abraham is looking forward to travelling to Brazil with his group in three weeks time to showcase the rich Amerindian culture.
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