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Where are the Maroons? Extinct?

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

For years I taught history and made my classes lively as I presented the Maroons as warriors, champions, challengers, the first set of no-nonsense people and winners supreme.

But today I wonder if that group was exterminated like the Arawaks, and that information is hidden in dark pages at the Institute of Jamaica.

Mr Editor, I keep hearing about foreign invaders who occupy the Cockpit Country, the island's last sanctuary, and they are searching, digging, mining and seeking to ship our ore to foreign places.

If this is so, and I believe it is, (there's too much smoke in front of this fire), where are the Maroons we've read so much about? Have they become paper people, fussing about costumes, conch shells, corn pone and new dance steps for Festival, or did they die out?

Where are the Maroons we taught our children about? Where are the Maroons who would take action and roll rocks on the wolves? The wolves are the invaders with their great tractors who are gutting the Cockpit Country.

We will join them in chasing out the miners and other trespassers. This is no time to sit and stare.

MILLS BLAKE