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Granman Aboikoni calls for peace in Kraboedoin

Information source: De Ware Tijd Online Paramount Chief to the Saramacca nation in Suriname, Belfon Aboikoni, has called for peace on the gold mine fields of Kraboedoin . In recent … Continue reading

July 31, 2010

Matawai Maroons argue over candidacy for office of Paramount Chief

Information source: De Ware Tijd The Matawai Maroons in Suriname are uncertain of who will be their next paramount chief. Members of the family Asaf (part of the Hanbéi-clan), whose … Continue reading

June 27, 2010

Matawai Maroons to get cell phone service

Information source: De Ware Tijd, Fenny Zandgrond People in the Matawai region in central Suriname, near the Saramacca River, will soon be able to make mobile phone calls. Telecom provider … Continue reading

June 12, 2010

New book: Rainforest Warriors by Richard Price

Rainforest Warriors (release date: December 2010) is a historical, ethnographic, and documentary account of a people, their threatened rainforest, and their successful attempt to harness international human rights law in … Continue reading

June 8, 2010

Kabiten André Pakosie of Ndyuka Maroons in the Netherlands denounces AC/MC agreement

André Pakosie, the kabiten (highest authority) of the Ndyuka Maroons in the Netherlands, has expressed concern over the governing agreement between the A-Combination (AC) and the MegaCombination (MC). Among others, … Continue reading

June 4, 2010

Black Seminole festival of the Gullah/Geechee nation to be held August 2010

The Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ is the national festival of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Each year it goes to a different area within the Gullah/Geechee Nation or an … Continue reading

June 4, 2010

Brunswijk and Bouterse shake hands on governing Suriname together

Information source: De Ware Tijd Ronny Brunswijk and Desi Bouterse today agreed on governing Suriname together. Brunswijk signed the deal on behalf of the Maroon coalition party A-Combination (AC). Bouterse … Continue reading

June 3, 2010

Moiwana victims want execution of verdict to be completed by May 25 elections

Information source: De Ware Tijd Surviving members of the Moiwana massacre have urged secretary Chandrikapersad Santokhi of Justice and Police to make haste with the completion of the verdict that … Continue reading

May 19, 2010

Interview with André Pakosie, kabiten of the Ndyuka in the Netherlands

André Pakosie was born in 1955 in the village of Diitabiki (Drietabbetje), the capital of the Suriname Ndyuka nation, amidst a family of herbal and spiritual leaders. He was educated … Continue reading

May 16, 2010

Richard and Sally Price accept Maroon award

Renowned anthropologists Richard and Sally Price have accepted the Gaanman Gazon Matodja Award. The ceremony took place on April 25 2010 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, at the occasion of the … Continue reading

April 27, 2010 · 1 Comment

Still no school for children in Stoelmaneiland

School doors are still closed for the 300 children in Stoelmanseiland who could not return to their seats after the recent Christmas Break when the school’s principle failed to return … Continue reading

March 31, 2010

Lebi Doti says ‘no’ to artisanal gold miners

Inhabitants of the village Lebi Doti near the hydraulic lake Brokopondo have been preventing artisanal gold miners from entering the gold mine at the Sara Creek. The actions started last … Continue reading

March 22, 2010

Anthropologist Richard and Sally Price to receive highest distinction from Suriname Maroon organization

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 … Continue reading

March 13, 2010 · 3 Comments

Samuel Forster new paramount chief to Paramaccans

Sixty year old Samuel Samapima Forster has taken the oath of office as Paramount Chief for the Paramaccan Maroons in Suriname. The official ceremony took place on Saturday February 27th … Continue reading

February 27, 2010 · 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading

February 27, 2010 · 3 Comments

Artisanal gold miners in violent clash over territorial rights

On Wednesday February 17th, a violent clash erupted between artisanal gold miners (‘porknockers’) from the Aucan village of Nieuw Koffiekamp and their colleagues from the Saramaccan village of Brownsweg. The … Continue reading

February 20, 2010

Main road to Santigron being asphalted

The government of Suriname has started asphalting the 60 kilometers of main road between the northern capital of Paramaribo and the southern Maroon village of Santigron, which will cut down … Continue reading

February 8, 2010

Tyshan Wright: maker of traditional Maroon ornaments

Story by Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner One of the biggest ironies of the annual Accompong Town Maroons’ celebrations over the last several years is the influx of vendors selling non-traditional … Continue reading

February 3, 2010

Jamaican chief signals return to traditional customs

Story by  Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, Ferron Williams, has said there will be no more downtown market layout for future Accompong celebrations, as the practice … Continue reading

February 3, 2010 · 2 Comments

School teachers will return to their posts in Stoelmanseiland and Abenaston

A few hundred children in the villages of Stoelmanseiland and Abenaston will finally be able to return to school next Monday, February 8th, after their respective two schools were abandoned … Continue reading

January 30, 2010 · 6 Comments

Brazilian riot victims choose Suriname over homeland

José Luis Machado e Costa, Brazilian ambassador to Suriname, says that although Brazilian immigrants in Suriname are emotionally shaken by the Christmas violence in Albina, most have rejected the offer … Continue reading

January 4, 2010

Jamaicans Celebrate Accompong Maroon Festival

On January 6, 2010, thousands of Jamaicans will travel to St. Elizabeth to partake in the annual Maroon Festival in Accompong. The day usually starts with the blowing of the … Continue reading

January 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

Maroons riot against Brazilian and Chinese immigrants in Albina

Police in Suriname have evacuated nearly eighty Brazilians and twenty Chinese from the town of Albina in the eastern part of the country, after Maroon inhabitants of Albina took to … Continue reading

December 27, 2009

Water system in Aucan Village of Tabiki‏ still failing after hefty investments

Submitted by Wayne Rawlins (Wayne Rawlins  is a former American Peace Corps Volunteer with a PhD in engineering who lived and worked in Suriname for 10 months) Where’s the water?  … Continue reading

December 21, 2009 · 2 Comments

State Bus Service now connects Witagron to Paramaribo

The State Bus Service of Suriname has included the Kwinti village of Witagron in its route schedule. The decision to make bus transportation across the 100 mile distance from Witagron … Continue reading

December 19, 2009

Kwinti Maroons argue over village name: Bitagron or Witagron

Members of the Kwinti Maroon nation have entered into a debate over the name of ‘Witagron’. Witagron is an important village; it is where Paramount Chief Andre Mathias keeps his … Continue reading

December 18, 2009

Secretary Felisi criticizes Maroon village management

Suriname’s Secretary for Regional Development, Michel Felisi, has expressed discontent in regards to the management of Maroon villages in the country’s interior. His main critique is that the village heads, … Continue reading

December 2, 2009

Festive opening of Afobakka’s asphalt road

The asphalt hardened Afobakka Road was officially taken into use yesterday with a festive inaugural ceremony that drew the attention of hundreds of people, among whom many supporters of political … Continue reading

November 24, 2009

Women’s group gives female Maroons voice in Jamaica

Source: Kimesha Walters, Gleaner Writer Maroon chieftess Gloria Simms has started a group to give voice to female Maroons as well as preserve and transmit their culture in Jamaica. Simms, … Continue reading

November 24, 2009

Teachers’ homes in East Suriname still without electricity

Eighteen new teachers’ homes in Albina and Brokopondo are still without electricity, two months after their residents have moved in. Some angered teachers have notified the Department for Education that … Continue reading

November 23, 2009

Maroon Artists Boodoe and Adogo make name in Amsterdam

The Tropenmuseum in the Netherlands has invited Maroon artists Obentiye Boodoe and Oscar Adogoare  to participate in the highly acclaimed  ‘Art of Survival-exhibition‘ that centers around the origins and present … Continue reading

November 19, 2009

Saramaccan authorities rally against delayed implementation of verdict

The Association of Sarammacas Dignitaries (VSG, Vereniging van Saramaccaanse Gezagsdragers) organized a rally in Laduwani this week against the Suriname government and its delayed implementation of the verdict by the … Continue reading

November 16, 2009

Suriname Saramaccans in the Netherlands install four new captains

The Suriname-Saramaccan community in the Netherlands has installed four new captains to preside over Saramaccans in four different cities in the Netherlands. The captains will not only represent their individual … Continue reading

November 11, 2009 · 2 Comments

Jamaican Maroon heritage resurrected in Flagstaff, St James

Source: Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer Photo: Chairman of the Local Forest Management Committee in Flagstaff, St James, Michael Grizzle (left), has the attention of dignitaries as he briefs them … Continue reading

November 7, 2009

Nanny’s legacy thrives in Moore Town

Source: Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer Alliah Wright, a student at Moore Town Primary and Junior High School, dancing up a storm. In his recently published book, ‘The Chieftainess – … Continue reading

October 26, 2009

Earl Witter urges Jamaican Maroons to enter rights charter debate

Source: Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer Photo: Earl Witter UNDER A makeshift tent, propped up by bamboo, patrons and residents of Moore Town listened intently to Public Defender Earl Witter … Continue reading

October 24, 2009

Dutch exhibition on Suriname Maroons, November 6 – May 9

The Tropenmuseum in the Netherlands, one of Europe’s leading ethnographic museums, is to host an exhibition on Suriname Maroons, entitled ‘The Art of Survival’, from November 6, 2009 through May … Continue reading

October 22, 2009

Nieuw Koffiekamp inaugurates medical clinic and teacher residences

The Saramacca population of the village Nieuw Koffiekamp near Lake Brokopondo has celebrated the opening of its first medical clinic (for western medicine) and six teacher residences. (Photo left: The … Continue reading

October 17, 2009

Suriname Maroons celebrate October 10, 2009

Maroons in various parts of Suriname and in the Netherlands celebrated Maroon Day on October 10, 2009 In the Netherlands, Maroon Day 2009 was celebrated at Partycentrum Oase in the … Continue reading

October 12, 2009

Suriname to declare October 10 a national holiday

Suriname president Ronald Venetiaan announced today that October 10  will become a national holiday to celebrate and commemorate the signing of the peace treaties with the Ndyuka,  Saramacca and Matawai … Continue reading

October 10, 2009

Santigron and Bigi Poika question issuance of land permits

People from the Saramaccan villages of Santigron and Bigi Poika in Suriname have sent a written request for an investigation into the issuance of landpermits to the Secretary for Territorial … Continue reading

October 8, 2009

Martina Amoksi presents thesis: ‘Maroon Women in the City’

Historian Martina Amoksi recently presented a thesis entitled ‘Maroon women in the city’ to an audience at  NiNsee, the Dutch National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its … Continue reading

October 2, 2009 · 4 Comments

Brokopondo soon to put out its own fires

The national fire department of Suriname has announced it will be setting up a fire station in the district of Brokopondo in the near future. Which town or village will … Continue reading

October 1, 2009

Brunswijk hopes to win votes among former victims

Ronnie Brunswijk, former leader of the Jungle Commando and current headman of the political party ABOP, has turned to the Saramaccan village of Pokigron at Lake Brokopondo to plead the … Continue reading

September 29, 2009

Water tabs in Klaaskreek run dry

Inhabitants of the village of Klaaskreek haven’t seen any drinking water running from their tabs in weeks. They have resorted to drinking water from the river, a dangerous practice because … Continue reading

September 26, 2009

Suriname Maroon Day 2009 will focus on traditional forms of Maroon authority

To celebrate Suriname Maroon Day 2009, the Dutch National Institute for the study of  Slavery and its Legacy, NiNsee, will have a day long symposium on institutions of Maroon authority … Continue reading

September 25, 2009

International Maroon Convention in Jamaica from June 20 – 23, 2010

The Charles Town Maroon Council (CTMC) in Jamaica has mandated the Management Planning Coordinating Committee (MPCC) to proceed with planning the Second International Maroon Convention: ‘The Abeng’. The convention is … Continue reading

September 23, 2009 · 2 Comments

Persisting drought causes shortage of drinking water in Saramaccan area

Water levels of the Suriname River in the Upper Suriname district have  decreased to the point where the Saramaccan population on the area fears its supply of fresh drinking water, … Continue reading

September 23, 2009