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Imagining Jamaica's Maroons

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032788.003.0002
Imagining Jamaica's Maroons

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This chapter examines how the Jamaican Maroons imagine themselves and their past. It suggests that it is important to acknowledge the historicity of a large number of Maroon oral traditions and contends that the Jamaican Maroon claims to a separate identity cannot be judged on the basis of how accurately they understand their past. It argues that regardless of how the Maroon oral narratives recount what really happened in any particular context, it is clear their oral culture is both culturally distinctive and historically deep.

Keywords: Jamaican Maroons; oral traditions; identity; oral narratives; oral culture

Chapter.  18231 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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