Wednesday, 5 August 2015

PAKURI LOKONO-ARAWAK TERRITORY BEAUTY PAGEANT 2015

4 local beauties, Samaya Simon standing at far left (3rd runner-up), our new Queen Oonia Bowrie (seated), Sabantho Corrie standing 2nd from right (2nd runner-up), and Athina Andrews at far right standing (1st runner-up). Congratulations to all the girls.


                                    My daughter Sabantho receiving the 2nd runner-up prize


PAKURI ARAWAK TERRITORY BEAUTY PAGEANT
I had a surprise when 1 week before this pageant Deon Andrews (one of the pageant organizers) invited my shy 16 year old daughter to enter it, and we were even more surprised when she accepted! She did not win, but we are very proud of her for placing 2nd runner-up to the new Queen Oonia Bowrie, because our daughter Sabantho had NO previous pageant experience whatsoever, this was her first time, and every other girl in this contest had from one to three previous pageant contestant experiences, thanks to all those who helped her to the maximum heart emoticon
I want to share with you all the Uplifting Speech our daughter wanted to read instead of doing a 'talent piece', as she thought saying something intelligent was more important than any act, so here is what she wanted to say that night:
"WHAT PAKURI MEANS TO ME
To me:
Pakuri means abundant land, Barbados and many other Caribbean Island Nations could individually fit into our beautiful 240 square miles of tribal territory - and simply disappear.
To me:
Pakuri means the cultural capital of the Great 10,000 strong Lokono-Arawak Tribal Nation of North-Eastern South America...from Eastern Venezuela - to western French Guiana.
Our 1,700 person village has produced the most famous Amerindian artists in ALL of Guyana, with national cultural icons like George Simon, and famous sculptors like Oswald Simon, Telford Taylor, and Foster Simon - who's works are in the Presidential collections of Guyana, Venezuela, Bolivia and the USA; and who's carvings have also been exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
To me:
Pakuri means abundant wildlife - Flora and Fauna too numerous to mention....
a community united by a common blood - because if you trace all of our family histories you will see that we are ALL connected to each other by marriage....
and unlike most people in the world - we KNOW what TRUE Freedom is!
Most people in the world only imagine the life of freedom that we are born into and take for granted right here on Pakuri.
MY question to my beautiful fellow Lokono in the audience tonight - is what does Pakuri mean to YOU?"
Sabantho Aderi Corrie, July 2015.
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And this was her introduction:
"His Excellency Toshao Lenox Shuman, Honorable judges, Members of the audience...before you tonight is a proud Lokono-Arawak girl, my name is Sabantho Aderi - and it means 'Beautiful Ground Dove' in the Lokono-Arawak language.
It is my dream to one day become an indigenous Rights Activist at the United Nations - and fight for MY people's rights!
Thank you.
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The only sad part was that this pageant saw 4 cousins competing against each other LOL. There was no animosity though, they all love each other, our people DO have some jealous pretentious back stabbers among them - like all peoples, but NOT these 4 girls in this pageant, we are better than that.

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