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Answered 2008-03-19 18:45:50

The indigenous people of Guyana are the various Amerindian tribes, such as Caribs, Arawaks, Macushi, Wai-Wai, Wapishana, Warao and others. Later, Guyana was settled by Europeans, such as Portuguese, some Spanish, Dutch and British, and also some Chinese people. The Europeans brought over African slaves, and then Indians. Guyana is known as the "Land of Six Peoples" due to the mix of Amerindians, Portuguese, Europeans (mostly British), Africans, Indians, and Chinese. About 51% are identified as Indo-Guyanese, about 38% as Afro-Guyanese. Over the years, there have been many examples of inter-marriage between the ethnic groups, so many Guyanese are of mixed ethnicity.

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