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Creole IndigeneityBetween Myth and Nation in the Caribbean$
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Shona N. Jackson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677757

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677757.001.0001

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From Myth to Market: Burnham’s Co-operative Republic

From Myth to Market: Burnham’s Co-operative Republic

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Creole Indigeneity

Shona N. Jackson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses Afro-Creole subjectivity in Guyana and the ways in which black postcolonials set terms for an articulation of citizenship by themselves and Indo-Creoles that would constrain Indigenous Peoples. It analyzes the cultural propaganda piece Co-operative Republic Guyana 1970, commissioned and disseminated by the Guyanese government under Forbes Burnham which transformed the economic and political landscape through a socialist program of economic egalitarianism and concentrated on interior affairs, including Indigenous Peoples. The manifesto reveals the political consciousness of the need to integrate Indigenous Peoples into the nation-state as a cultural object, and at the same time mobilizes the poetics of the myth of El Dorado to produce Guyanese nationalism as an inherited right of Afro-Creoles and at the same time create a social template to which all groups seeking power would have to subscribe.

Keywords:   Afro-Creole subjectivity, Guyana, citizenship, Indo-Creoles, Indigenous Peoples, Co-operative Republic Guyana 1970, Forbes Burnham, economic egalitarianism, Guyanese nationalism

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