Kaieteur Falls from Potaro Canyon
On Sunday, 24 April 1870, Charles Barrington Brown, a British geologist became the first European to see Kaieteur Falls. "I was much struck with the beauty and grandeur of this fall".
There are a few stories of how Kaieteur Falls got its name:
1. A Patamona Indian legend says that they were named after Kai, a chief, or Toshao. He tried to save his people by paddling over the falls in an act of self-sacrifice to Makonaima, the great spirit.
2. Local Amerindians told Brown, that Kaieteur was named after an unpleasant old man who was placed in a boat and shoved in the fall by his relatives. Thus the fall was named "Kaieteur" meaning - "old-man fall".
Kaieteur National Park, Potaro-Siparuni region, Guyana, South America.