Category Archives: Guyana stories

Guyana Christmas Nostalgia – by Peter Halder + video

Guyana Christmas Nostalgia – by Peter Halder + video

Growing up circa the mid-1940’s on Non Pareil Street, Albouystown, Georgetown in Guyana, Christmas was indeed the most wonderful time of the year. It was not just the greatest holiday but a season that lasted from Christmas Eve into the new year. It was hustle and bustle for moms and dads but for children, it was jolly, merry, festive with lots to eat and drink.

Two weeks before Christmas Day, a masqerade band began to tune up and practice in Padmore yard, near where we lived. Members of the band were from Plaisance village on East Coast Demerara.    Continue reading

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The Snake Repellent – Adapted from an ancient Amerindian Myth – by Peter Halder

The Snake Repellent
(Adapted from an ancient Amerindian Myth)
by Peter Halder

Fero Gadjee and his family lived at Seba, a settlement on the Upper Demerara River in Guyana. The family lived in a typical troolie palm thatched hut a short distance from the bank of the river. His father, Jaro worked at the Seba stone quarry.

When Fero turned 18 years, he decided to go and live on his own. A relative who lived at nearby Zion Hill told him about a plot of land on the western bank of the river about three miles to the south. The land needed clearing.    Continue reading

The Awakening – by Peter Halder

The Awakening – by Peter Halder

Emil Seon lived at Malali in a cottage which he built on a sand hill overlooking a series of rapids in the Demerara River below. It was 6.30 p.m. and he was busily engaged in getting dressed to attend a traditional Easter Saturday family Party across the river.

The family usually spent Easter Saturday night singing native Amerindian songs, drinking sleepy tonic made from sweet potatoes, and eating boiled cassava, yams and smoked labba. The Party ended at 11.30 and Emil hurried to return to his home. Frightening tales were many about strange happenings in the dense forest area that surrounded the Malali Settlement on both sides of the river.   Continue reading

A Halloween Tale – by Peter Halder

A Halloween Tale  –  by Peter Halder

    An evil witch, a sukunya, loved blood. A daily supply of it kept her alive. She lived in a cave far away from the city. In that way no one knew of her. She moved around at nights on a broomstick.

No one knew how old the sukunya really was. She had been around for a long time. Her head was a portrait of evil. Long tresses of gray hair reached to her knees. Two long ears, pointed at the top, looked like antennas. Indeed they were. She could hear movement for miles. She had thick gray bushy eyebrows and large, bulging red eyes that glowed in the night. Her nose was long and bony but wide spread at the end. That allowed her to smell blood from afar. Her lips were thin and reedy and all her front teeth were narrow and pointed at the ends. Her tongue was as long as that of a lizard and it simply loved the taste of blood. The sides of her mouth were blood stained. Her face was deeply wrinkled showing her age. Her arms and legs were long and bony and instead of fingernails, she had claws to rip the flesh off her victims. She drank animal blood but preferred the taste of human blood, especially that from children which made her feel young.    Continue reading

THE AMAZING TREE – by Peter Halder

THE AMAZING TREE

(Adapted from an ancient Amerindian myth)

by Peter Halder

Hunger stalked the South American rainforest lands of the Carib Amerindian tribes. Cassava, yams, corn and other vegetables and fruits were nowhere to be found.

tapir-bush-cow

Tapir: bush-cow

The cacique (Chief) of a tribe noticed that while many starved and grew thin, a bush cow (tapir) was fat and sleek. Curious, the cacique kept a keen eye on the animal. He noticed that bush cow went out alone every morning and returned home, smiling and contented.

The Chief approached it and asked, “How come you look so strong, healthy and well fed while the rest of us are starving?”

“Who knows? Maybe it’s an act of nature,” replied the smiling bush cow.      Continue reading

Book: THE RESURRECTION – by Peter Halder

Book: THE RESURRECTION –  by Peter Halder

The Resurrection - Peter Halder

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THE RESURRECTION by Peter Halder will be launched in Georgetown, Guyana, on May 27, 2016, at Moray House Trust at Camp and Quamina Streets, flyer attached. The 365-page nerve tingling, breathtaking and pulsating supernatural fiction thriller, set in Guyana, is a tapestry of macabre and black magic episodes that portray vividly the supernatural folklore of the country. It is also about love, greed, betrayal and murder.

The Novel is on sale at Austin’s Bookstore on Church Street, Georgetown.

  • It will be launched in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the:
  • Guyana Arts and Cultural Association (GACA) Center
  • Stephen’s Church Extension,
  • Second Floor
  • 2806 Newkirk Avenue (between E28th and 29th Streets) NY.
  • Copies are on sale at ENG Caribbean Vision Center
  • 1012 Flatbush Avenue,11226 NY
  • To purchase call 718-469-8131
  • Or e-mail: ehenry7255@aol.com

Other books by the author include The Cat of Muritaro and 13 e-books on sale at amazon.com

THE TIGER AND ANTEATER – by Peter Halder

THE TIGER AND ANTEATER – (An ancient rainforest tale)

by Peter Halder

     Tiger had finished eating a deer he had captured and decided to go to a nearby stream for water to digest his meal. Filled, he found a nearby mora tree and rested in its shade on the ground. Some time after, he continued roaming in the rainforest.

He had not walked far when he encountered an anteater. He was amused at the ugly shape of the animal, especially its long funny proboscis and its clumsy toes.

He laughed aloud and shouted, “Ha! Ha1 Ha! what a funny looking creature you are. You are ugly like sin.”
The anteater replied, “I am not amused. You also look funny to me. Those stripes on your skin look like a woman’s dress. And your fangs are so crazy looking you ought to go and see a dentist.”   Continue reading

The Electric Eel – by Peter Halder

The Electric Eel

by Peter Halder

 General  

Electric eel

Electric eel

Growing up as a child, I had often heard about the dangerous electric eel from adults in my neighbourhood since there was the La Repentir Cemetery trench, the Sussex Street trench, the Punt Trench and the Lamaha Canal in the Sussex Street backland. I swam in the Cemetery Trench, the Sussex Street trench, the Punt Trench regularly as a kid, at Clay, the Paaloff and near Cooper Street, Albouystown and in the Lamaha Canal. I was nipped by a piranha at Clay but to my delight, I never came across an electric eel. I also swam in the Demerara, Essequibo, Berbice, Pomeroon and Ireng Rivers; Kara Kara, Catabuli, Kamuni, and Mahaicony Creeks. Never came across one.

Museum   Continue reading

THE PIAI’S DAUGHTER- from an Ancient Amerindian Myth

THE PIAI’S DAUGHTER

(Adapted from an Ancient Amerindian Myth)

by Peter Halder

 

Aleda

    Aleda was an Amerindian maiden. She was the daughter of Aban, a Piai or Medicine Man. The two lived in a troolie palm thatched home in the dense tropical rainforest.

The beautiful girl kept house and did all the cooking and cleaning. Her father was proud of her. He once told her, “My wonderful daughter Aleda, one day you will make a handsome young man a wonderful wife, He will be proud of you and I pray you two will be very happy.”

One day, Aleda was walking to a nearby creek to fetch water when she heard dogs barking. Holding a large earthen water goblet very tightly, she quickly ran behind a wide oak tree and hid from the trail.   Continue reading

THE THREE PRINCES, E-book #8, – by Peter Halder

THE THREE PRINCES, E-book #8, by Peter Halder

the three princesTHE THREE PRINCES, E-book #8, by Peter Halder combines a pair of exciting, breath-taking, action filled fairy tale adventures. The Princes are three brothers who sail the seas in search of adventure which they find. In a far off land, the King’s three daughters are kidnaped by three giants, one with 8 heads, one with 9 and one with 10. In bizarre circumstances, the youngest Prince, assisted by a Fairy, battles all three to rescue the Princesses.

In the second tale, The Prince and The Ice Girl, a beautiful damsel is seized by an Ice Giant and held captive in an ice bubble. A young Prince travels to the Land of Ice, meeting strange adventures on the way, and battles the Ice Giant to rescue the girl. Both tales are filled with strange events, thrills, magic and happy endings. Continue reading