Work to rebuild Guyana’s historic Umana Yana, which was destroyed by a fire in 2014, is in full swing.
The new structure is being built, using traditional methods, by members of the Wai Wai tribe.
Umana Yana was erected for the Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference in Georgetown, Guyana, in August, 1972, as a VIP Lounge and recreation centre. The 55-foot high structure was made from thatched allibanna and manicole palm leaves, and wallaba posts, lashed together with mukru, turu and nibbi vines. It was erected by a team of about 60 Wai-Wais.
Work commenced since last year at the original site, and the cost of the entire project is expected to be around $66.7M.
The original structure was destroyed by fire in just 15 minutes, on September 9th, 2014. (Photos courtesy of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs)