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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Marymount Series: Maroons of Suriname

Calabash musical instrument made by the Maroon people, who are descendants of African slaves who escaped from their masters into the jungles of Suriname and French Guiana in South America.  They intermarried with local Indian tribes and formed powerful alliances against Dutch and French colonial troops determined to capture them.  In the 1980s, they also rose against the military government of independent Suriname, in defense of their rights and land.  I bought this calabash in 2008 in the Central Market by the picturesque De Waterkant (Waterfront) in Paramaribo, capital of Suriname.  

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