Collection Description

Culture Name

Barama River Carib

Culture Description

The Barama River Carib are a small group of indigenous people located in the North West District of Guyana. Prior to the establishment of gold mining companies in the area in 1930s, they lived in small and semi-permanent settlements widely scattered along the tropical rain forest. Over the years since then, Barama River Carib have undergone significant demographic and economic changes as they were integrated into regional markets and the Guyanese nation.


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South America --Amazon and Orinoco


French Guiana


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Collection Overview

Documents referred to in this section are included in eHRAF World Cultures and are referenced by author, date of publication and eHRAF document number.

In addition to this culture summary, the SR09 Barama River Carib collection consists of 2 documents, covering cultural, ecological and historical information, circa 1920s to 1970s, collected by professional anthropologists. The first is a monograph by John Gillin which is largely concerned with exploring relationships between ecology and dominant features of Barama River Carib's social organization and personality as observed in 1930s (Gillin, no. 1, 1936). The second work is a restudy of the Barama River Carib community some forty years later by Kathleen Adams (Adams, no. 2, 1973). Adams gives particular emphasis to changes observed in Barama River Carib's demography, settlement pattern and semi-nomadic adaptation to the rain forest as they were being integrated into a national political economy by the Guyanese government.

For more detailed information on the content of the individual works in the file, see the abstracts in the citations preceding each document.

Overview by

Teferi Adem

Apprenticeship service before marriage - use "MODE OF MARRIAGE (583)"

Cassiri - a mildly alcoholic drink made from cassava bread - use "ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES (273)"

Couvade - use "AVOIDANCE AND TABOO (784)"

Iyao - male cross cousin - use "COUSINS (605)" with "REGULATION OF MARRIAGE (582)" and/or "KINSHIP REGULATION OF SEX (835)"

Slush and burn - use "LAND USE (311)" and "TILLAGE (241)"

Takano - female cross cousin - use "COUSINS (605)" with "REGULATION OF MARRIAGE (582)" or "KINSHIP REGULATION OF SEX (835)"

Reservations - use "SETTLEMENT PATTERNS (361)" with "RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (654)"

This culture summary is from the article "Barama River Carib," by Kathleen J. Adams, in the Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Vol, 7, South America, Johannes Wilbert, ed. Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall &Co. 1994. Teferi Abate Adem wrote the synopsis and indexing notes in March 2007.

Indexing Notes by

Teferi Adem

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