This is a wonderful post in our ongoing series, from Dennis. So much information in here! Nanny’s Moore Town Maroons seem rather quiet, but the other groups, Accompong and Charlestown are very active. I’m going to listen in to that radio station!
Sadly, I know little about Maroon history and culture, probably like many Jamaicans. I’m familiar with Nanny, one of ourNational Heroes. Cudjoe…Accompong…the Abeng.
Blowing the Abeng (Image courtesy The Jamaica Gleaner.) I attendedUWI’slaunch last week of the new McIntyre/Nettleford scholarship fund, pushingnew initiatives to make the university more relevant for ‘indigenous’ and ‘neighbouring’ communities. Avideo showedUWI’s efforts to connect with both groups; it’s expand opportunities for the Kalinagos in Dominica andMayans in Belize. I asked a UWI luminary about our Tainos/Arawaks. But my mind also drifted to the Maroons. Why?
Maroons: our closest direct historical connection to our African ancestry That morning I’d read about the upcoming 8thMaroons Conference(Charlestown, Portland, June 23-26).
This year’s theme:‘Toward a Borderless Indigenous Community’, linking the recurring struggle of indigenous people…around indigenous rights. Discussions will involve a broad range of scholars, ending with theannual celebration of Quao Day on
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