news just coming in to the department of virtue and suppression of vice is that Minister within the Ministry of Education Dr Desrey Fox is dead. more later.
she was in an auto accident earlier this week where her car collided with an ambulance. her son was driving. more as we investigate
update: our source has verifications from all ends. Dr Desrey Fox is dead. Stabroek News is on it!
Dr. Desrey Fox biography
Born in Warmadong Village, Kamarang Upper Mazaruni District on January 2, 1955. She attended Warmadong Primary School then moved to Georgetown to attend Campbellville Government School. She later attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Academy also in Georgetown.
She has a Masters of Arts and a PhD in Linguistics from Rice University , an MA in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a B.Sc in Sociology from the University of Guyana.
She was an Associate Researcher at the University of Oregon, Co-coordinator, Amerindian Research Unit, University of Guyana and Curator of the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology and Linguistics & Amerindian lecturer, University of Guyana.
interesting interview done with Banyan in 1989 here. be sure to read the entire thing as you don’t see this type of thing in the Guyana so.called press. too revolutionary!! did politics, compromising and the PPP kill her militancy?
Well, I came from the upper Mazarin district; from a little village called Waramadong that’s populated with four hundred and twenty Akawayos. Basically, it’s a traditional Amerindian society and the political structure…
… I was selected to do a period of two years training at the Georgetown nursing school. I nursed at Georgetown for three and a half years and decided to quit because I passed through a bit of hardships there trying to adapt myself in terms of the rules and regulations of the whole idea of coming to work on time and trying to abide by the rules and so on and I thought there was also a bit of discrimination, so I became disinterested in nursing and left and I got married after that.
…I realised to myself personally, I had failed my people. I should have returned to work for them and that I didn’t do and because of that as soon as an advertisement came out saying that they wanted researchers particularly archive researchers at the University of Guyana, I applied and immediately I was accepted …
As I said, I realised that I had failed them and while I was studying at the university too and maybe prior to that, I realised that my culture was different to the culture on the course [coast] and that sort of urged me to look inside of me … I took my culture for granted … I started to whip up consciousness within myself … I was sort of urged to work again hard and compensate my people for the loss they had experienced through me just leaving the nursing profession…
The dominant culture has not integrated you, does not really want you either. You’re a misfit also in your traditional culture so what I feel Amerindians should do is the whole idea of making use of both sides of the culture and making yourself richer and whipping up consciousness. Consciousness is very important I feel for future Amerindian development.
The whole idea of militancy; the whole idea of having an idea of what you want for the future in terms of development and progress. I think that it’s very important as far as I see, especially in the light of the new kind of spirit that is now brewing within the Caribbean and in the South and North American people. We as indigenous peoples, should get together and do something about our plight because the whole Indian question is a problematic question in the South.
O.K. I think we should get ourselves organised and get in touch with organisations like the Caribbean Organisation Of Indigenous Peoples, World Council Of Indigenous Peoples and some other brother organisations like the Mezquito organisation in Nicaragua and really get ourselves together and talk about what the Amerindian people want in the future, what they want for their progress.
For example, we finds links in Belize – the Garifuna of Belize. I was just there a couple of weeks ago. I thought that I was there before; the familiarity was there and every time I met the Garifunas, they were just accepting me as though I was there before. One particular experience strikes me here when I went to visit the spiritual church and the priestess, when she shook my hand said “O.K., we’ve been waiting for you a long time and now you’re here and I felt as though there was a sort of vibration through my entire body. I felt like I was there too. I was so familiar and that the people who were there were recognising me as a symbol of their ancestry and roots.