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In numerous visits to the island over 25 years, Kenneth Bilby gained the confidence of the Maroon elders, who revealed to him secret details of their ancestral heritage--including history, music, Kromanti religion, language, and culture--for publication. Whereas almost all previous studies of the Jamaican Maroons have focused on the distant past, this one is as much about present-day Maroons as about their ancestors. For the first time, the story of what it means to be a Maroon is conveyed through the words of the Maroons themselves. Gathering together dozens of oral-history narratives, sacred songs, and other forms of esoteric knowledge, the book is a study of cultural memory challenging the common assumption that contemporary Maroons have little or no knowledge of their own ancestral past, as well as the related idea that they have "all but disappeared" from Jamaica. Equally important is the story of the complex local and global politics into which the contemporary Maroons are increasingly drawn and the problematic ways in which the Maroons’ highly valued history has been appropriated, theorized, and commodified in postcolonial Jamaica and beyond, threatening to sever the Maroons from their own past.

The first study of Jamaican Maroons to place living voices at the center of analysis, True-Born Maroons sheds much new light on both the past and present situation of Jamaica's hidden Others, once described as "some of the world's most famous but least-known people."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. A Note on the Maroon Texts: Orthography and Other Matters
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Part 1
  2. p. 1
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  1. 1. Living Maroon Knowledge
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. 2. Imagining Jamaica’s Maroons
  2. pp. 24-66
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  1. Part 2
  2. p. 67
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  1. 3. Leaving and Recalling Africa
  2. pp. 69-87
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  1. 4. Captivity and Marronage
  2. pp. 88-128
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  1. 5. Living by One’s Wits
  2. pp. 129-180
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  1. 6. Prominent Presences: Memorable Persons, Places, and Deeds
  2. pp. 181-232
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  1. Tellers. Some of Those Whose Words Appear in This [Contains Images]
  2. pp. 233-246
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  1. 7. The Chosen People
  2. pp. 247-260
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  1. 8. Underwritten with Blood
  2. pp. 261-288
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  1. 9. Maroons and the “Other Side of People”
  2. pp. 289-340
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  1. 10. Ever Indomitable
  2. pp. 341-367
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  1. 11. Never to Forget: Secrecy, Trust, and Betrayal
  2. pp. 368-410
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  1. 12. Coda: The Right to Persist
  2. pp. 411-416
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  1. Epilogue. Ethnographic Presents and Future Pasts
  2. pp. 417-422
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  1. Appendix. List of Narrators and Locations of Interviews/Conversations
  2. pp. 423-424
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 425-474
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 475-484
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  1. References
  2. pp. 485-500
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 501-514
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 515
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813048109
Related ISBN
9780813028736
MARC Record
OCLC
711909346
Pages
528
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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