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Maroon Institute Sabanapeti in Utrecht, the Netherlands, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Guests were treated to a viewing of the video documentary ‘Realization of the possible’, a production of Sabanapeti’s president, kabiten André Pakosie. The film noted highlights in the life span of Sabanapeti, from its services to Maroon communities and the launch of the Siboga magazine, to the research and documentation of Maroon history and the reception of the Gaanman Gazon Matodja Award.
Also during the celebrations, Saamaka poet Orsine Walden performed on stage, citing some of her poems in Saamaka and English. Kabiten André Pakosie gave a reading on the origin and development of Afro-Surinamese Creole Languages. Afterward, there was a discussion on the usage of classic languages in Winti religion.
Sabanapeti was founded on September 21th of 1990. The board of directors says it is pleased with the foundation’s accomplishments since then. It also stated that the foundation will copntinue to strive to make a difference in communities of Maroons in Suriname, French-Guyana and the Diaspora.
Read full report of the celebration (in Dutch) at the website of Sabanapeti.