Chapter

Living by One's Wits

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/9780813032788.003.0005
Living by One's Wits

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This chapter discusses the lingering memories of unprecedented violence and destruction suffered by Jamaican Maroons more than 250 years ago, particularly for those who were brought up in the ways of the “older heads”. Most Maroons know something of the risks and challenges facing those who first fled into a largely unfamiliar wilderness and they know of the survival foods on which the ancestors had to depend during lean times. This chapter looks at excerpts of some Maroon oral history narratives and texts from sacred songs related to their recollection of their experiences in extreme conditions.

Keywords: Jamaican Maroons; violence; destruction; wilderness; survival foods; oral history; sacred songs

Chapter.  19888 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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