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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 with ‘asanpau’-entrance: a palm leaf covered doorway possessing the power to block evil spirits. It houses a variety of cultural and historical artifacts, from utensils to art work.
Marron Museum Saamaka Köndë (translated: Maroon Museum Saramaccan Village), as the museum is officially called, is the result of efforts by Suriname artists united in the group ‘Totomboti’, which successfully lobbied for funding from various other organizations (Impulsis, UTSN and the Skan-fund). Day-to-day operations are managed by the Foundation ‘Wan Mëni’ (‘One Thought’).
Source: De Ware Tijd Online