The Amerindian Research Unit at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen campus, will be hosting a programme titled Asserting the Amerindian Presence: The Life and Work of J P Bennett today at 14:00 h in the Education Lecture Theater, Turkeyen campus.
The event is coordinated by Al Creighton in Bennett’s memory.
According to Mr Al Creighton, “Canon John Peter Bennett (1914-2011) was a unique individual, in many ways a pioneer, and an important contributor to Amerindian Studies in Guyana. His work has been innovative and very important in the preservation and propagation of Indigenous languages.
“He was a priest, a leader among his people, the author of an Arawak-English Dictionary, the translator of Biblical text into Arawak, and was devoted to the development of the Pomeroon River community, especially his home village of Kabakaburi.”
The programme will feature presentations from visiting researchers Prof Ian Robertson of UWI (JP Bennett : The Ideal Linguistic Informant ) and Prof Walter Edwards of Wayne State University (Linguistic Characteristics of Arawak), as well as Jennifer Wishart of the Walter Roth Museum (The Bennett Collection at Walter Roth), Romona Bennett of UG (Introduction to JP Bennett’s Loko Stories) and Jennifer Baharally of Kabakaburi and will be chaired by Head of Language and Cultural Studies at UG, Terrence Fraser-Bradshaw.
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