Awaiting the Next Guest Blogger (3)

Money roll

Thanks to the guest bloggers for keeping Dutch Guyana online and adding to it.

The title of this post speaks for itself. There is still no money available, so we await the next guest blogger to donate time and energy.

The expectation (and anticipation) is that the next guest blogger will relate on… who knows?

Much gratitude for all the readers and followers who kept reading and following. Much gratitude for the support and work put in by the project team. I will put in a good word for you with Aisa Gran Gado.

Gran Tangi,

Indigenous People’s Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day (also known as Native American Day) is a holiday that celebrates the Indigenous peoples of North America. It is celebrated in various localities in the United States. It began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, promoting Native American culture and commemorating the history of Native American peoples. The celebration began in Berkeley, California, through the International Indian Treaty Council, and Denver, Colorado, and now in Vermont, as a protest against Columbus Day. The latter is observed as a federal holiday in the United States, but it is not observed as a state holiday in every state, and most retail enterprises stay open.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is usually held on the second Monday of October, coinciding with the federal observance of Columbus Day.[3] It is similar to Native American Day, observed in September in California and Tennessee, and the same day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in South Dakota. Continue reading

Javanese Arrival Day

Javanese Surinamese

Javanese Surinamese are an ethnic group of Javanese descent in Suriname. They are present since the late 19th century, whose first members were selected by the Dutch colonizers from the former Dutch East Indies.

Total population: (ca. 74,000)
Regions with significant populations: Commewijne · Wanica · Paramaribo
Languages: Dutch · Sranan Tongo · Javanese · Indonesian
Religion: Islam · Christianity · Kejawen


Javanese immigrants from the Dutch East Indies, picture taken between 1880-1900.

After the abolition of slavery, the plantations in Suriname needed a new source of labor. In 1890, the influential Netherlands Trading Society, owner of the plantation Mariënburg in Suriname, undertook a test to attract Javanese contract workers from the Dutch East Indies. Continue reading

Hindustan Indians

Chan ChoenniEthnicity and Politics: Political

Adaption of Hindostanis in Suriname
By Chan E.S. Choenni, SOCIOLOGICAL BULLETIN 63 (3), 2014, pp. 407 – 431, Indian Sociological Society (edited)

This article explores the relationship between ethnicity and politics in Suriname during the 20th century, particularly focusing on the political adaptation of the Hindostanis. It finds the primordialist approach to be meaningful in the analysis and description of the role of ethnicity in politics in relation to the Hindostanis in Suriname.

The relationship between ethnicity and politics is a highly contested theme. Even the origins and contents of ethnicity are contested. Simply stated, ethnicity is the sense of a common ethnic identity among a group of persons. Whether ethnicity is primordial or constructed in interaction with other groups creating ethnic boundaries is still debated (Barth 1969; Geertz 1971; Bulmer and Solomos 2011; Gowricharn 2013). According to Clifford Geertz (1971), ethnic groups exist because of primordial sentiments that result from assumed primordial givens such as kinship, birth into a specific religious community, fluency in a specific language, or adherence to certain customs and manners. This approach, labelled Continue reading

Jagernath Lachmon

VHP: Lachmon behoedde Suriname voor spanningen tussen ...Jagernath Lachmon

Jagernath Lachmon (21 September 1916 – 19 October 2001) was a Surinamese politician of Indian descent. He was one of the founders of the Progressive Reform Party, an Indo-Surinamese party founded in 1947 of which he served  as President for a long period.


Lachmon was born in Corantijnpolder in the district of Nickerie. The youngest child of six, his parents were contract laborers from Uttar Pradesh to Suriname. His father was a plantation cook and his mother, Waterloo, clipped cane. Later, his parents started a small dairy farm in New Nickerie.

Lachmon left for Paramaribo when he was thirteen, and completed his school qualifications. On the advice of one of his teachers, he decided to practise law. After a long search, he found the lawyer Julius Caesar de Miranda who became mentor. Surprised that a Creole was willing to teach an Indian made a great impression on the young Lachmon and laid the basis for his efforts towards reconciliation between the different ethnic groups. Continue reading

NAKS – Wilgo Baarn

Wilgo BaarnStonfutu Mr. Wilgo Baarn

By NAKS (Edited)

(Wilgo Baarn passed away July 7th 2017.)

Mr. Wilgo Baarn was born on the 15th of January in 1946 at Jossiekreek in the district of Saramacca. Being an Afro Surinamese boy, he grew up in a neighborhood of Javanese and Hindustani people.

He was a great artist who performed on the stage at a very young age, as participant of a family group that used to perform at birthday parties. The name of this group was ‘De Bidstondgroep’ (‘The prayer group’). When he was eleven years old, he moved with his family to the capital of Paramaribo where he used to live in the Rust en Vredestraat, near the Continue reading

Keti Koti – Bigi Spikri – Amsterdam

Keti Koti Amsterdam 2017

Bigi Spikri March

Bigi Spikri is Surinamese for Big Mirror. During the yearly parade in Suriname, people dress in traditional and colorful attire. The large shopping windows they pass serve as big mirrors.

‘Bigi Spikri’ is een Surinaams begrip en betekent letterlijk ‘grote spiegel’. Tijdens een jaarlijkse feestelijke parade in Suriname liepen de uitgedoste mensen langs de winkeletalages van Paramaribo. De etalageruiten dienden als grote spiegels, waarin zij zichzelf bewonderden. Deze traditie van in authentieke culturele klederdracht uitgedoste groepen mensen, wordt ook in Nederland voortgezet. Sinds 2009 is er een jaarlijkse Bigi Spikri optocht in de hoofdstad Amsterdam in verband met de herdenking en viering van de afschaffing van de slavernij op 1 juli 1863 (1873). Door mee te lopen in de Bigi Spikri geef je uiting aan het belang van de viering van de afschaffing van de slavernij op 1 juli.

Meeting Point Continue reading

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