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7426: RE: 7405: Re: 7392: RE: 7377: RE: 7368: Help wanted (fwd)

From: Karen Davis <kdavis@marygrove.edu>

Robert Stewart assumes that life is simple. The relationships between
Maroons and non-Maroons in Jamaican society are veryy complex, as are
relationships between humans in any way we categorize ourselves. After all,
how does one "explain" Idi Amin or Papa Doc turning on "their" people, or
Sothanax turning against "his" people. Can I not do, and enjoy, and
celebrate, a dance for Paul Bogle because some white person's ancestor (not
mine--mine were in Poland) killed him?
Before I started learning the history, I expected that all Jamaicans honored
all Maroons (after all, Nanny is a national hero). But then discovered many
(most?) Jamaicans find the Maroons stuck-up, arrogant, stand-offish, sidity,
braggadocious, etc. 
Is the same the case in Haiti, or are Maroons there revered because there
are no ongoing Maroon communities to piss people off?

Dr. Karen F. Davis
Associate Professor and Head of Department, Humanities
Marygrove College
8425 West McNichols
Detroit, Michigan 48221, U.S.A.
Telephone: 313-927-1352
Fax: 313-927-1345
Email: kdavis@marygrove.edu

L'union fait la force

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Bob Corbett [SMTP:corbetre@webster.edu]
> Sent:	Wednesday, March 21, 2001 2:38 AM
> To:	Haiti mailing list
> Subject:	7405:  Re: 7392:  RE: 7377:  RE: 7368:  Help wanted (fwd)
> From: RStew1944@aol.com
> Interesting that Karen Davis should find a Maroon boy in eastern Jamaica
> commemorating Paul Bogle by dancing "the Bogle," when it was the boy's
> Maroon ancestors who aided the British military by capturing Paul Bogle
> and turning  him over for execution.
> Robert Stewart