In this seminar, Richard and Sally Price will be presenting new findings about the demography and lifestyle of Maroons in Guyane (French Guiana) today. There are almost 100,000 Maroons now living in Guyane – 35% of the total population. Indeed, about 35% of all Maroons live in Guyane, while 53% now live in Suriname (with the others living in Europe and the USA). Yet only 1% of Maroons in Guyane still live in “traditional” villages along the river – in stark contrast to Suriname. A series of Powerpoint images will document the way Maroons live in Guyane today. After a short presentation of these findings, there will be ample room for questions and discussion about this presentation and the path-breaking work of the Prices in the past half century or so.
Richard Price taught for many years at Yale and Johns Hopkins University and is Professor Emeritus at the College of William and Mary. His numerous prize-winning books include First-Time, Alabi’s World, Travels with Tooy: History, Memory and the African American Imagination and Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial. Sally PrIce has taught in the U.S., France and Brazil and is Professor Emerita of William and Mary. Her studies of the place of ‘primitive art’ in the imaginary of Western viewers include Primitive Art in Civilized Places and Paris Primitive: Jacques Chirac’s Museum on the Quai Branly. They have coauthored many books, including Romare Bearden: The Caribbean Dimension, and most recently Saamaka Dreaming (2017), ‘at once a moving human story, a portrait of a remarkable society, and a thought-provoking revelation about the development of anthropology over the past half-century’.
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