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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 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’).

Saramaccan woman visiting the museum with her children. (dWTphoto/Annelies Verhelst)

Museum entrance

Members of the Totomboti Foundation, who launched the museum (left to right): Mando Doekoe, Etje Doekoe, Wilgo Doekoe, Abentini Doekoe en Toya Saakie. (dwtphoto/Annelies Verhelst )

Source: De Ware Tijd Online

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3 comments on “Maroon museum opens in Pikin Slee, Suriname

  1. Bert Schreuders
    October 15, 2011

    Beste mensen,

    van harte gefeliciteerd met jullie initiatief daar in Pkin slee. I hoorde een reportage via Radio 10 FM.
    Ik ben erg geïnteeseerd in jullie museum. Zelf zit ik het bestuur van een soortgelijk museum hier in NEderland, namelijk Twentse Welle http://www.twentsewelle.nl
    Misschien eens kijken of we contact met elkaar kunnen leggen?

    Nogmaal veel succes met jullie museum!!!!!

    met vriendelijke groet,

    Bert Schreuders

    • AK
      October 15, 2011

      Dear Bert,

      Thank you for your comment.

      It’s a wonderful initiative, indeed!
      To contact the people behind the project, please visit their website at
      http://www.marronmuseum.com/

      Best,
      AK

  2. thea dubelaar
    March 9, 2011

    toch een openluchtmuseum! (knipoog naar saskis dubelaar)
    Goed idee om na eeuwen van strijd om in vrijheid te overleven nu eens al het prachtigs te laten zien dat deze mensen zonder hulp van wie dan ook hebben gemaakt.
    Bravo!
    Thea Dubelaar kinderboekenauteur

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