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Umana Yana being rehabilitated

A $16M contract was today signed by officials of the Ministry of Culture and the Toshao of the Wai Wai community of Konashen in Region nine, Paul Chekema to allow major rehabilitation works to be carried out on the Umana Yana. The contract will be carried out by the Toshao himself along with other members in the community


The Palm thatched hut is said to be in a state of disrepair and will be closed to public events and activities until those repairs are completed.

The works are expected to start from the 16th July and run until mid august, providing that all the materials needed, are assembled before the end of June.


According to the Minister of Culture Dr. Frank Anthony, among the materials to be procured are 5000 palm leaves that will be sourced from St. Cuthbert’s Mission since there are some constraints in getting the leaves from the Rupununi to Georgetown.

The minister said that he is confident that the works will be executed in a timely manner since the Wai Wai’s are the original architect of the historical site.


Meanwhile, Chekema is promising that his 30 member team will be able to finish the works by the date given. He also noted that the biggest challenge is to source the leaves.


This is the third time that the Umana Yana has had to undergo rehabilitation works.

The Umana Yana was erected by the Wai Wai Amerindians for the non- aligned Foreign Affairs Ministers’ conference in August of 1972 and since then served as a venue for several public and private events.


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