PRESS RELEASE MESSAGE FROM THE PNCR ON THE DEATH OF GUYANESE FOLKLORIST, WORDSWORTH MC ANDREW Friday 25 April 2008



The PNCR has learnt with great sadness the passing of the respected and well loved Guyanese Folklorist, Wordsworth Mc Andrew. The Party hastens to tender its sincere condolences to his immediate family and friends.

Words were his métier and he used them in novel and telling ways to highlight the common humanity of all Guyanese as well as to explore myths and events which lie deep in our cultural consciousness. He it was who made us face the perils of Old Higue, Massacuraman, Coolie Jumbie, Dutch Jumbie and Moongazer. If he made us face and understand the meaning of these mythical figures, he also forced us to laugh at ourselves; for Mc Andrew was a man of rich humour who could see the funny side of life.

Wordsworth Mc Andrew was a gifted and multi talented individual who was a teller of stories as well as a gifted writer. Even though he left this country to reside in the United States his legacy in the field of culture continues to permeate our cultural landscape. His folktales and poems will endure.

Mc Andrew has left an indelible mark on the culture of this nation and it would be appropriate for the Government and people of Guyana to honour him in a suitable way. The nation should erect a suitable monument to his memory.

The PNCR joins all Guyanese both at home and in the Diaspora in celebrating the life of Wordsworth Mc Andrew. The Party hopes that his family and friends will draw strength from the many tributes which will no doubt be said during this time of bereavement and so find peace and comfort in mourning our collective loss.

May his Soul Rest in Peace!


People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana.
Friday 25 April 2008