The Guyana Rupununi system is divided into the North and South Rupununi by the Kanuku Mountains. The North Rupununi District in located in south-west Guyana consisting of a mixture of forest, savanna and wetlands ecosystems and is considered one of the most diverse areas in South America.
North Rupununi - Rupertee
Rupertee is a satellite community of Annai Village, located in the North Rupununi Savanna, approximately 120km from the town of Lethem. The village is nestled in the foothills of the Pakarima Mountains and is bisected by the Georgetown – Lethem road. As a part of the Annai Amerindian land title the community is administered under the Annai District Council. The community however, has an independent council that manages the day to day affairs of the people.
South Rupununi - Katoonarib
Katoonarib is a wapishana community of more than 400 people located in the South central Rupununi, in a “bush island” region south of the Kanuku mountains. Indeed, “Katoonarib” transalates to “many bush islands” – a region where pockets of semi-deciduous forest occupy a landscape which is otherwise dominated by savanna. Inhabitants of the village practice mainly small scale agriculture within these bush islands, with some fishing and hunting. As in many makushi and wapishana communities, cassava is the staple food. It is widely grown and processed into cassava bread, meal and wine. Other crops such as peanuts, banana and sweet potatoes are also cultivated on small crop fields. Indigenous farming skills has enabled the Katoonarib community to perform crop rotation in the bush islands without undermining the extension and biodiversity of the bush islands.