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Prominent Presences: Memorable Persons, Places, and Deeds

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/9780813032788.003.0006
Prominent Presences: Memorable Persons, Places, and Deeds

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This chapter examines the memorable persons, places, and deeds among the Jamaican Maroons. It suggests that who the Maroons are today certainly has much to do with the deeds of past generations and it looks at the traces these have left in contemporary Maroon expressive culture. It contends that those who continue to identify themselves as Katawud people express their feelings through the stories they tell and the songs they sing. This chapter then examines some Maroon oral history narratives and sacred songs related to their recollection of the prominent presences of influential people, particularly of Queen Nanny or Grand Nanny.

Keywords: Jamaican Maroons; past generations; Maroon culture; identity; Katawud; Grand Nanny; oral history; sacred songs

Chapter.  19591 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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