Maroons

I mean, honestly, did you really think that we would surrender and take this treatment lying down? We fight for our rights no matter what it takes. The way we are treated is simply inhumane and it is about time we make a change.
I mean, honestly, did you really think that we would surrender and take this treatment lying down? We fight for our rights no matter what it takes. The way we are treated is simply inhumane and it is about time we make a change.

Friends:

African Slaves
Haitians
Fulani
Creoles
Kingdom of Ghana
Songhay Empire

Technology:

We live a pretty adventurous life, I must say. Our resources are solely based upon the resources we raid from the people around us.
With our military background from Africa, we have been trained to effectively use iron resources in battle and in farming, but that doesn't matter here. We left the plantation with nothing, and now it is our turn to make our way with the technology give to us... or rather, the technology we take from our enemies. We use their own weapons to fight them, and then we take the tools we have labored with and use them for our survival once we are gone from the plantation. As runaway slaves, we can only subsistence farm, and therefore many of the tools that were important components to plantation farming are useless to us. The tools most useful to our daily survival are plows for our land and firearms for our protection.

Culture:

Due to the fact that many of us are first-generation slaves in the Americas, we try our best to keep our African roots alive and thriving. We do this by speaking our native tounge and passing it on to the children. Another way to keep our ties to Africa is by music. The djembe drum especially is an important part of our identity. We practice traditional African rituals for healing as well as use ancient African medicine to keep healthy and safe in this evil land. We live as clans, and with these communities it is easier to assimilate into the indigenous culture of the foreign land we are living in and we do not have to raid plantations as often. The support from the clan is what makes us Maroon. Although we all consider ourselves "Maroon," different clans from different places around the world have different customs. As different clans assimilate into different areas we lose our pure identity of being Maroon, but the foundation will always be there.

One of our most significant populations is in Suriname. We celebrate our Maroon heritage and keep it alive orally here.
Due to our being located in South America, we have become familair with the indigenous customs of their land, but we continue to celebrate our own cultural roots.
Due to our being located in South America, we have become familair with the indigenous customs of their land, but we continue to celebrate our own cultural roots.
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An example of our djembe drumming: (Beware- Long Clip)

Religion:

To keep constant with keeping as much African culture alive as possible, we encourage indigenous African religion. In fact, one famous Haitian clan leaders of ours, Francois Mackandal, was a voodoo priest. We do our best to keep the African traditions pure and thriving, but it is only a matter of time when our religions and customs meld with the ones we are surrounded by.

Blog:

April 28, 1724- We are a people originating from Africa and tragically sold into slavery, but we stood up for ourselves and left those horrible plantations.Our identity is based off of the fact that we are a community. A proud community. A brave community. A community that will risk it all in order to live the life they know they deserve. We know that we are constantly in danger for leaving the white men, and then raiding their plantations, but we are proud of what we have done. In any other case we would have never been proud of taking what wasn't ours. But, they deserve this. And we deserve to be free.
May 3, 1738- We seem to be in quite the debacle here in Jamaica today. I am so proud of resisting slavery when the British came in and began enslavement again, but it still is difficult to live my life. Subsistence farming isn't something I would call glamourous. However, I am proud of not being a slave and I would never want to put myself in the situation where I was completely controlled again. However, the British are offering something quite reasonable, I think. The British are now going to pay us to be in their army in case of a French or Spanish attack. To be a soldier, wow! But is it worth putting my trust in the British?
February 5, 1805- Success! As a second-generation Maroon, I am proud to say that we have just gained independence from France with our Haitian revolution! By staying true to our Maroon ideals, we unified as a community and rebelled against the French. Sure, we didn't do it all on our own, but we were definite inspiration for the revolution. Without our bravery (and I am not trying to sound to arrogant here) how were the Haitians supposed to find their courage to revolt? I think we deserve at least some of the credit.

The Wall

Sources:

http://www.metmuseum.org/TOAH/HD/iron/hd_iron.htm

http://www.kingbotho.com/http:www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=N8AItMrK21E&rel=1&eurl=http%3Awww.kingbotho.com/htm/linksvid
eo.html&iurl=http%3A//i.ytimg.com/vi/N8AItMrK21E/default.jpg&t=OEgsToPDskLRoOSiB2UvPpqH29XVZHbp

http://www.albany.edu/~js3980/haitian-revolution.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaican_Maroons

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