The Windward Maroons of Jamaica commemorate their famous ancestor and spiritual leader, Grandy Nanny, at a festival every year.
Maroons at the annual Nanny Day celebration, Moore Town, Jamaica, 1991.
"As far as weve come in all our travels, we have never lost an awareness of our identity and a pride in our freedom."
Charles Emily Wilson, Seminole Maroon elder and community historian, Brackettville, Texas, 1992
Every January, the Leeward Maroons of Jamaica honor Kojo (Cudjoe), the Maroon hero and leader who signed the peace treaty with the British in 1739. Attended by thousands of visitors, this annual event centers on Maroon songs, dances, and ceremonies passed down over generations.
Woman leading the drumming at Kojo (Cudjoe) celebration, Accompong, Jamaica, 1992.
Aluku Maroon leader Kabiten Adiso displaying the community founders stool while
telling its history, Asisi, French Guiana, 1991.