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News and background stories on maroon communities in the Americas.

Richard Price’s ‘Rainforest Warriors’ earns prestigious book awards

Richard Price’s book Rainforest Warriors, which chronicles the successful legal battles of the Saramaka Maroons in Suriname to protecting their way of life, has recently been awarded two prestigious awards. … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Maroon museum in Suriname now officially open

A year after its soft opening (see previous post), the Maroon museum in Suriname – Marronmuseum Saamaka Kondee -  is now fully operational. The grand opening takes place this weekend, … Continue reading

October 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

New book: Rainforest Warriors by Richard Price

Rainforest Warriors (release date: December 2010) is a historical, ethnographic, and documentary account of a people, their threatened rainforest, and their successful attempt to harness international human rights law in … Continue reading

June 8, 2010 · Leave a comment

Anthropologist Richard and Sally Price to receive highest distinction from Suriname Maroon organization

Maroon dignitary André R.M. Pakosie is to present the Gaanman Gazon Matodja Award (GGMA) of 2010 to  anthropologists Richard and Sally Price. This will happen on Sunday, 25 April, at … Continue reading

March 13, 2010 · 3 Comments

Maroon museum opens in Pikin Slee, Suriname

Suriname’s first Maroon museum opened its doors on Friday February 26th at the Saramaccan village of Pikin Slee . The museum takes the form of a traditional Saramaccan village, complete … Continue reading

February 27, 2010 · 3 Comments

Saramaccan authorities rally against delayed implementation of verdict

The Association of Sarammacas Dignitaries (VSG, Vereniging van Saramaccaanse Gezagsdragers) organized a rally in Laduwani this week against the Suriname government and its delayed implementation of the verdict by the … Continue reading

November 16, 2009 · Leave a comment

Suriname Saramaccans in the Netherlands install four new captains

The Suriname-Saramaccan community in the Netherlands has installed four new captains to preside over Saramaccans in four different cities in the Netherlands. The captains will not only represent their individual … Continue reading

November 11, 2009 · 2 Comments

Santigron and Bigi Poika question issuance of land permits

People from the Saramaccan villages of Santigron and Bigi Poika in Suriname have sent a written request for an investigation into the issuance of landpermits to the Secretary for Territorial … Continue reading

October 8, 2009 · Leave a comment

Brunswijk hopes to win votes among former victims

Ronnie Brunswijk, former leader of the Jungle Commando and current headman of the political party ABOP, has turned to the Saramaccan village of Pokigron at Lake Brokopondo to plead the … Continue reading

September 29, 2009 · Leave a comment

Persisting drought causes shortage of drinking water in Saramaccan area

Water levels of the Suriname River in the Upper Suriname district have  decreased to the point where the Saramaccan population on the area fears its supply of fresh drinking water, … Continue reading

September 23, 2009 · Leave a comment

Nieuw Koffie Kamp protests against upcoming electricity bill

Captain Ludwich Wijnerman of  Nieuw Koffie Kamp has informed the Suriname government that his town will not pay for the supply of electrical energy. The dignitary argues that his people … Continue reading

August 18, 2009 · Leave a comment

Wood crafting becoming less prevalent among Suriname Maroons

‘Suriname Maroon Tembe: A Means of Living’ is the title of a 25 page booklet by the Crabasi Foundation, an organization that conducts studies into the business of arts and … Continue reading

August 17, 2009 · Leave a comment

Krutu on demarcation of Saramaccan living areas

A ‘gran krutu’ was held on July 10 and 11 at the village of Abenaston, in Suriname, concerning the legal demarcation and mapping of Saramaccan living areas. Captains of Brownsberg … Continue reading

July 11, 2009 · Leave a comment

Environmental Activists Defend Tribal Lands in Suriname

In the 1990s logging in Suriname became a concern as it threatened the land Source: VoaNews.com, Catherine Cannon Wanze Eduards and Hugo Jabini organized Maroon and Amerindian communities in Suriname … Continue reading

June 18, 2009 · Leave a comment

Environmental Prize 2009 voor Surinamese Saramaccas

Wanze Eduards and Hugo Jabini, two Saramacca Maroon men – one a lawyer, the other a village captain – have been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2009 for successfully … Continue reading

April 20, 2009 · Leave a comment