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Kaieteur Falls from Potaro Canyon | by Hoppy1951
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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.

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Taken on November 8, 2012