http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/project/00058

Action plan for safeguarding the Maroon Heritage of Moore Town

  • Budget (US$): 179,960
  • Source: Norway
  • Dates: 08-2005/06-2008

Benefitting country(ies): Jamaica

Overview:

The Moore Town Maroons elaborated new collective religious ceremonies that incorporated various spiritual traditions. These expressions and practices, which were then named Kromanti Play, continue to represent the very foundation of Maroon identity. As part of their heritage, the inhabitants of Moore Town also possess a unique system of communally-held “treaty lands”, a local political structure and the use of the abeng, a side-blown “talking” horn of Jamaican origin which serves as a means of long-distance communication.

Objectives

  • Reinforcement in the transmission of the Maroon Heritage to future generations
  • Enhancing knowledge and raising respect amongst the younger generation for the values of the Maroon culture
  • Strengthening existing resources to be used in the transmission, documentation and dissemination of the Maroons’ knowledge and practices.

Activities

  • Surveys, interviews and research are conducted to collect relevant information and knowledge on Maroon culture together
  • Training sessions for the Maroon participants in field research and audio-visual documentation
  • Establishment and maintenance of an inventory/database and archive of the Maroon heritage of Moore Town.

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