Charles Town to host Maroon convention
Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer
Charles Town is steeped in Maroon heritage, it being one of Jamaica's premier Maroon regions. Scholars and tourists have been visiting in droves over the years, even when activities were low-key.
Over the last decade or so, this historic village has been experiencing a revival of sorts, especially with the establishment of Safu Yard. Last year, it hosted its first Maroon convention and, next Monday and Tuesday, scholars and researchers will once again descend upon this Portland community to present papers at the second Charles Town Maroon Convention.
According to organisers, "this conference strives to increase awareness of Maroon contributions to contemporary societies, bringing together Maroons with scholars interested in Maroon heritage and indigenous cultures. In addition to exploring Maroon history and culture, the various events aim to develop strategies for sustainable development and wealth creation in Maroon communities."
Under the theme, 'Meet me in the Circle', the conference seeks to establish a Maroon connection beyond Jamaica, reaching out to communities in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Africa.
The event culminates on Wednesday with activities to commemorate the annual Quao's Victory Day. There will be messages from specially invited guests and presentations from the Moore Town, Accompong Town, Scotts Hall and Charles Town Maroons, who will perform 'Dance Afana' - the machete dance.
The convention will be officially launched today at 7:30 p.m. inside Red Bones Blues Café.