Dr. Odeen Ishmael, a veteran (now retired) Guyanese diplomat and historian and widely published author, served as Guyana’s ambassador to the United States of America and the Organization of American States (1993-2003), Venezuela (2003-2011) and Kuwait and Qatar (2011-2014). He has written extensively on Guyanese and Caribbean history, education and culture, and is internationally recognized as a premier analyst and commentator on the political integration movement in South America. In 1997, his country decorated him with the Cacique Crown of Honor for his diplomatic work, and in 2002, in the United States, he was honored with the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for international service.
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The Flying Canoes
by Odeen Ishmael
Published: February 3, 2015
"The Flying Canoes" is a work of fiction based to some extent on historical facts. It is a tale of Christopher Columbus' arrival at his first landfall in 1492. The story, related by an Arawak boy, presents the native Arawak perspective of the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his three ships at the Bahamian island of Guanahani in 1492.
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