Living Maroon Knowledge

Kenneth M. Bilby

in True-Born Maroons

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032788
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039138 | DOI:
Living Maroon Knowledge

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This chapter examines the knowledge of the living Maroons in Moore Town, Jamaica, during the 1970s. It discusses observations about the daily life of the Maroons and first contact with Kromantic language speakers. It suggests that the acquisition of knowledge about their craft is a gradual, incremental process of testing and evasion, an ongoing exercise in dodging stabs at information gathering and parrying with partial revelations even for the Maroons themselves. It also contends that the Maroons were often calculated, under extreme circumstances, to ensure the survival of those they had come to identify as their own.

Keywords: Maroons; Moore Town; Jamaica; knowledge; daily life; Kromantic language

Chapter.  10739 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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