Epilogue: Ethnographic Presents and Future Pasts

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:
Epilogue: Ethnographic Presents and Future Pasts

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This chapter discusses the ethnographic future of the Jamaican Maroons. No one can tell how many Kromanti language specialists remain in the Maroon communities in Jamaica. By the late 1970s, there were clear indications that very few among the younger generation were receiving serious training in the Kromanti tradition. Those interviewed for this book are no longer alive. This chapter suggests that the apparent waning of the Maroons' ancestral religion evidences the same kinds of damaging cultural contradictions, bred by colonialism, that linger on in other parts of Jamaica.

Keywords: Jamaican Maroons; ethnography; Kromanti language; ancestral religion; cultural contraindications; colonialism

Chapter.  1539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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