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AtoZChallengeJamaica M is for Maroons

Today, for our #AToZChallengeJamaica, Dennis has chosen a great topic to write about – the Maroons and the upcoming Maroon Conference in Charles Town!

Jamaica: Political Economy

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.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.51.49 PM 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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