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Maroons in Guyane

Getting the Numbers Right

Richard Price

A major task in rethinking the situation of Maroons in Guyane (French Guiana) 15 years after Sally Price and I first published Les Marrons (R. & S. Price 2003) 1 has been to pinpoint demographic change. For a new edition of that book scheduled for 2019, we have drawn on many months of fieldwork

Richard Price

A little over a decade ago, I published detailed estimates of Maroon population figures, including rough geographical distributions (Price 2002 ). They were summarized in the following table and accompanying note. Table 1 . 2002 Population Figures* * For the Ndyuka, “Suriname

Richard Price and Christopher D.E. Willoughby

up the Suriname River. Together, these two documents contain everything we found to be of interest about Wyman’s brief sojourn among the Saamaka people and the Saa Kiiki (Sara Creek) Ndyuka people, living in what was then the cluster of Maroon villages along the Suriname River that were closest to

Wim Hoogbergen

Narrative history of the Kwinti Maroons covering approximately 250 years. They had settled West of Paramaribo before 1750. Only in 1887, 24 years after the abolition of slavery, did the authorities acknowledge the Kwinti as free Maroons. Based on archival sources in Suriname and the Netherlands.

Richard Price

Argues that all American nations except Suriname now provide legal protection for its indigenous/Maroon populations. Demonstrates that successive Suriname governments have been pursuing an increasingly militant and destructive policy against both Maroons and indigenous communities. Calls for rapid legislation, to bring Suriname's constitution and legal code in line with the various human rights and ecological treaties to which the country is party. Also reviews recent work on remnants of quilombos in Brazil, which often uses research on Caribbean Maroon communities as implicit or explicit models.

Diane Vernon

Description of the health-care system of the Ndjuka Maroons. The author discusses such topics as diagnostist therapy, the mechanics of interpretation, obia, and payment. According to Vernon, 'perhaps the most outstanding feature of Ndjuka health-care is its complete immersion in the coherent socio-cultural whole, and the crucial role alotted to illness as the revealing mark of any troubled socio-economic relations'.

Richard Price

[First paragraph]While conducting research with Sally Price for a book (R. & S. Price 2002) about Maroons in Guyane (French Guiana) - all of whom have recent or ancestral roots in Suriname - 1 have come to realize that the Maroon population figures routinely used in the scholarly and popular literature are considerably out of date, for both Suriname and Guyane, as well as for the Maroon diaspora in the Netherlands.1 This brief essay is intended to provide new estimates, some of which have startling implications.

Harcourt Fuller

Jean Besson, Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons: Creolization in the Cockpits, Jamaica . Kingston: Ian Randle, 2015. xxii + 367 pp. (Paper US $ 47.95) While numerous anthropological and historical works have been written on the Maroons, there is a dearth of comparative

Alvin O. Thompson

Francesca Deakin. Werner Zips has written several books and articles on the black experience in Africa and the Americas during and after the colonial era (see the bibliography in the work under review). Historians dealing with the Maroons will no doubt be aware of his seminal work entitled Black Rebels

Johannes King

Edited by H.F. de Ziel

The Matawai Maroon Johannes King (ca. 1830-1898) taught himself to read and write at an advanced age. He wanted to bridge the gap between the generations by publishing his "Book of Horrors" ( Skrekiboekoe) and the present book which has been given the title Life at Marispaston. King wanted to explain the root of the problems between him and his elder brother, Chief Noah Andrai, representatives respectively of the church and the state at the village level. King wanted to justify his life in the eyes of the church, the EBG-Moravian Brethren, and his fellow Maroons. This book is an important contribution to the church history of Suriname, yet also offers insights into the history of the Maroon communities in Suriname. This book is one of the first original works in Sranantongo.