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Maroon Institute Sabanapeti in the Netherlands celebrates 20th anniversary

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.

2 comments on “Maroon Institute Sabanapeti in the Netherlands celebrates 20th anniversary

    December 4, 2010

    Thanks for the opportunity to share some basic facts about our history. I hail from Saltpond, a few hundreds of meters from the historic Kormantse town along the Mfantseman Coast. The Dutch built a castle at the Mainland Kormatse on the hill near the beach which is now known as Abandze (ABAN- ADZE),meaning beneath the seat of government. They built another castle at Moree which is also a coast town not too far from Kormantse. The predominant language of these people has been up to date, Fanti which is part of the broad language, AKAN. The adulteration of the language could be due to a blend from the Nigerian slaves. I believe that the Maroons are mainly from Moree of Ghana due to the resemblance of the their cultural heritage and notably the resistive behaviour. Remember that the revolution started in Moree and the slaves resisted when they were being transported to the Americas. Come to Moree in Ghana for more authentic history about the Slavery Rebellion for Emancipation.

    • AK
      December 5, 2010

      Hi Thomas,

      Thank you for your comment.
      I would love to visit the African West Coast some time in the future, as I’m sure many other readers of this site would.

      AK, editor

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