Wednesday, June 9, 2010

- Aishalton

A short way outside Aishalton are ancient rocks with historical Timehri drawings. Scarboro Lay Missioner Maxine Bell examines the symbols that have been highlighted with yellow chalk.Aishalton is a village of the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region, in the Rupununi savannah of southern Guyana, at an altitude of 300 metres. The population of 1,200 is mostly Wapishana tribe found there. Aishalton is approximately 60 miles southeast of Lethem.
Aishalton parishioners walk out to Good Friday rock, from where they will begin the Stations of the Cross winding their way back slowly to finish at their Church in the village.Aishalton has secondary and elementary schools. The National Library service established a library in Aishalton in 1976. A hospital was built in the 1980s, with support from The Netherlands.
Internet service exists, donated by a Canadian mining company with interests in the area.
The Airport Code of the Aishalton landing strip is AHL.
Petroglyphs can be found near Aishalton. Anthropologist Denis Williams' Master's thesis, The Aishalton Petroglyph Complex in the Prehistory of the Rupununi Savannas, submitted to the University of Guyana in 1979, presented ideas elaborated in a 1985 article published in Advances in World Archeology.
The drink of choice, is parakari, a local drink made from fermented cassava in a complicated process involving up to thirty different stages. 

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