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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 the annual Mitimakandiidei (Reunion) of the Maroon Institute Sabanapeti in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Richard and Sally Price will receive this award (the highest distinction bestowed by Surinamese Maroons) for their contributions to Surinamese society in general and the Maroon community in particular.
Richard and Sally Price are professors at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. They have spent more than forty years, since the 1960s, studying and writing about Maroon culture and history, especially in reference to the Saamaka. Says André R.M. Pakosie, chairman of the Maroon Institute Sabanapeti: ” Thanks to the Prices, the history and culture of the Saamaka Maroons has become internationally known.”
Sally Price specializes in art and gender studies, while Richard Price focuses more on history and human rights. Both are internationally renowned for their publications and have lent their expertise in support of the environmental court case against the Surinamese government which the Saamaka brought before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights a few years ago.
“One of the striking aspects of the Prices and their work”, says Pakosie, “is their emphasis on letting Saamaka speak for themselves, both in their ethnographies and histories.”
Attendance is by rsvp only. People who have not received an invitation but would still like to attend, may call +NL-30-2943402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1.30 pm Entrance
2 pm Welcome speech
2.15 pm Presentation: From Kwadyani to Patrick, from Antoume to Angela: name giving among the Maroons in Suriname, by Captain Andre R.M. Pakosie
2.45 pm Break
Drinks and snacks are sold during the break
3.45 pm Presentation of the Gaanman Gazon Matodja Award to Richard Price and Sally Price
4.02 pm Speech: Hedikabiteni Mutu Antonius Poeketie of the Saramacca Maroons in the Netherlands
4.15 pm Informal get-together
17.15 pm Closing
The book stand will sell editions of the Sabanapeti magazine Siboga, as well as books and musical cd’s
The sale proceeds of the food, drinks and books will be awarded to Sabanapeti’s school project in Suriname,which on a yearly basis provides 70 distressed school children in Paramaribo with school bags and books.
For more information on Maroon Institute Sabanapeti: http://www.maroons-suriname.com
For more information about Richard and Sally Price, see: http://www.richandsally.net