Daughter of the Great RiverProduct no.: HP240
Khalil Rahman Ali
Daughter of the Great River is a story based on the struggles of Indigenous Peoples in the fictional country of Kayana, “Land of Many Waters”.
Onida is the eponymous Daughter of the Great River who emerged more than five hundred years after her ancestors were brutally suppressed by invading Europeans and were forced to flee to the safety of the rainforests of Kayana.
Her tribe of Kayanese is made up of several Indigenous Peoples who prefer to live in the hinterland of Kayana’s vast rainforests. She is the 'chosen one' to lead her peoples out of their challenging circumstances where the natural resources of gold and timber are being exploited by local and foreign interests.
Within the world’s current population of 7.8 billion people, there are an estimated 370 to 500 million of Indigenous origin. They are defined as having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves as distinct from other sectors of the societies now prevailing in those territories (United Nations).
They continue to suffer from disproportionately high rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses (UN).
Khalil Rahman Ali is a successful author who was born in Guyana, South America, and has lived, studied and worked in London, England, since 1970.
His first three historical fiction novels titled, Sugar’s Sweet Allure (2013), The Domino Masters of Demerara (2015) and, In Pursuit of Betterment (2017), are based on the experiences of the Indians who were indentured to work on sugar plantations between 1835 and 1920, in several countries around the world, including Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Mauritius, Fiji, Reunion, Surinam, and South Africa, and, their descendants who are part of the Indian Diaspora.
Khalil has a keen interest in the environment, climate change and the sustainability of the planet. He believes that the Indigenous Peoples of the world are best suited to helping to sustain and save the planet. This latest novel offers an insight into the problems and threats facing Indigenous People living in the rainforests.