Tuma Sala- First Amerindian Resturant in Georgetown

Our interview with a local Native Guyanese, Angela is of the Patu’muna tribe. One of nine Native tribes of Guyana! She was open to share her knowledge and show us how to cook one of her amazing dishes served in her restaurant Tuma Sala which is an authentic Amerindian cuisine located in Georgetown. We were thrilled to be able to interview her and get an insiders perspective of Guyana culture!

Patience…

"Patience, the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” In other words, the idea that we become more aware to the world around us. Then, we will learn to lead with our hearts.

In the past 50 days in Guyana, learning to be patient and to re-evaluate whats right in front of me is my daily challenge. With many minds and ideas coming together, it can be overwhelming and lead back us right back to square one. Constantly I go back to the term ‘Capacity building’. This is something Peace Corps provided me when I first arrived and am grateful for this piece of knowledge. Every volunteer wants to be successful. The idea of success for us is very different and we have to re-evaluate our own expectations and really see whats around us. I am still adjusting, learning about my new community, different cultures and how things run in this country. Right now, I am reaching out to learn from various different perspectives what needs priority in this community, and what will produce an end result that will encourage this community to continue to grow long after I am gone, rather be dependent on the next volunteer that comes in to take lead.

Right now is a time where I am focusing on the present. It is slow. Recently, I have started to see bits and pieces manifest. The feeling is good because I am leading with my heart. I am confident in what I can do and humble enough to know there is still so much to learn. My focus is just that- coach others so that they can build their confidence and take the lead in their own lives.

Word on the street-there are new positions available through Peace Corps Response! Especially Deaf role models. There are very few here in Guyana generally. Right now I am the only volunteer currently present in Guyana who is Hard of Hearing. It goes a long way here. Peace Corps has recently adjusted the requirement to allow anyone with years of professional experience to apply.

Response positions are short-term 6, 9, & 12 month assignments. Some positions are focused on Outreach. travel and work in various villages where there is no Deaf education at all present or support for Deaf. Job training in various skills is a huge need here. Storytelling is another area the community wants to build on. An individual in Theater/Drama can spend time in various Deaf Schools offering workshops and coach the students get ready for their big show annually.

http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/response/

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When I am meeting with a local without an interpreter, I asked her to use paper and pen to communicate with me. She continues to speak and writing only one word after about 10 spoken words. I have asked her to write down again and again. Finally I became fed up and decided to mess with her. After she have finished speaking, I write: “So Let me get this clear… I have to ride a farting unicorn to post office. Slay the head off the vampire and get proof of payment, then hop on human-dragon and fly to my bank. There I would find a big headed Levithan who goes by the name of Rick or Dick, then give him my loofah. Then I will be all done?” The look on their face…. By

Needless to say, she finally decided to write down everything and sent me off to the right direction…

PRICELESS