June 20 -23, 2019 @ Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

11th Annual International
Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival

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Conference & Festival Schedule 2019

Thursday June 20


6:00 pm: Opening Reception at Goblin Hill Villas

Welcome from Charles Town Maroon Acting Colonel Marcia "Kim" Douglas

                Performance by Charles Town Drummers and Dancers

Friday June 21


12:00-12:15: Introduction and Libations

 12:15pm - 1:15pm  PANEL I -  Researching Maroons


“Anarchival Research and the Jamaican Maroons”

Dr. Frances R. Botkin, English, Towson University  

                Dr. Paul Youngquist, English, University of Colorado Boulder

"Mediated Whiteness: Writings about Maroons in Planter Histories”           

Dr. Vidhya Swaminathan, English, Long Island University, Brooklyn


"Nativeness and Indigeneity in the Rio Grande Valley: Marronage and Questions of            Human and Nonhuman Belonging"     

John Favini, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Virginia

Lunch: 1:15pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm - 3:15pm   PANEL II -  Maroon Insurgents and Peacekeepers


"Insurgents and Peacekeepers: Jamaican Maroons in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire"

Dr. Kathleen Wilson, Distinguished Professor, History, SUNY


"Maroon Pasts and Presents in Robert Wedderburns's The Axe Laid to the Root (1817)"    

         Dr. Shelby Johnson, English, Florida Atlantic University


"Tribes Within a State: The Jamaican Maroons and Afro-Indigenous Resistance"

        Lucayo Casillas, Senior Fellow, Dartmouth College

"Masterless Communities of Early Hispaniola: The Rupture of the Enriquillo and Sebastian Lemba Alliance"      

Dr. Ana Ozuna, Black Studies/Latin American Studies, Hostos Community College


PANEL III: 3:30pm - 4:45pm       Maroons and Cultural Memory


"Cultural Authority and the Transmission of Jamaican Maroon Music Traditions"

         Tracey Mia Stewart, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, University of Virginia

"Intercultural Relationships Between the Anisnawbe of Canada and the Maroons: Claiming Our Ancestors"         

Ms. Anne Solomon, Independent Scholar

"Commemorating Maroon Resilience in Kei Miller’s Place Name Poems”

Dr. Rebecca Schneider, English, University of Colorado Boulder

"The Lesser Known Maroons in Art"

Deozi, Deozi.com


5:00pm:   The Creatives

"Sound Balm Yaad: Life's Synchronicity, a Wellness Oath to Peace"

Granman AkinSanya, Charles Town

"Sonic Uprising: Making a Living Record"

Gavsborg/Gavin Blair, Musician

Riddim Rider/Dr. Isis Semaj-Hall, Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona


Sundown Bun Fyah: Music and Drumming by the River

Saturday June 22


PANEL IV: 12:00noon - 1:15pm  Environmental Rights, Indigenous Peoples, and Peace


"Protected Areas, Indigenous Communities, Hegemonic Subjugation, and Environmental Conservation: Regarding Marginalisation, Livelihoods, and Peace in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa"

Dr. Innocent Moyo, Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa


"Evaluating the Co-Management Plan of the Okhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa"

Hlengiwe Cele, MPhil Candidate, Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa 


"Environmental Governance and the Paradoxes of Maroon Geographies of Peace"

Alex Moulton, PhD Candidate, Clark University and University of the West Indies, Mona


"Wildlife Conservation and Indigenous Peoples in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and World Heritage Site: The Jamaican Hutia Study"

Orlando Robinson, MSc, JCDT



Lunch: 1:15pm - 2:00pm


PANEL V: 2:00pm - 3:00pm    Critiques of Justice: Imagining Local Alternatives


"Incarceration and Education"

Dr. Elyshia D. Aseltine, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice, Towson University


"Gender and Justice"

Dr. Emily I. Troshynski, Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


"Community Engagement"

Sankofa Juba,  Community Activist, Cultural Architect & Edu-Cultural Coach



Panel VI: 3:15pm - 4:15pm   Human Rights and Freedoms


"Emoluments are People, Too: Profits and Losses in the Colonial Slave Trade"

Dr. Rebecca Shapiro, English, New York City College of Technology


"Enslaved People, the Empire, and the Law in Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaica"           

Michael J. Becker, PhD Candidate, History, Duke University


"The Right to Spiritual and Cultural Damages to Redress Injustice to Indigenous Peoples"

Dr. Marcus Goffe, Attorney-at-Law



4:30:  Afrocentric Fashion Show by Ayawear


6:00: Presenter Banquet


Movie Night





Ancestor Quao Victory Day Celebrations 

9:00 am – 9:10 am                   Entrance Procession & Greeting of Ancestors

9:10 am – 9:20 am            Call to the Sacred Directions     Velva 'Akosua Kasabiana' Lawrence


Robert 'Kalaan Nibonrix' Pairman

Yamaye Quani

9:20 am – 9:30 am            Yoruba Libation                        Babalawo Oluwole A. Ifakunle

Ile Omo Ope

New York, USA

9:30 am – 9:50 am            Who is Ancestor Quao?             Okomfo Afua Fofie

Akan Libation                            Sankofie

9:50 am – 9:55 am            Quao Warrior Songs                  Charles Town Drummers & Singers

9:55am – 10:10 am           Akwaaba                                   Actg Col. Marcia Douglas

Charles Town Maroons

Mr. Richard Lumsden                                                                                                                                     CTMC&F Planning Committee

10:10 am – 10:05 am               Greetings                                   Gaa'maa Gloria 'Mau Mau G' Simms

10:05 am – 11:00 am               Greetings & Presentations         Maroon Colonels

Moore Town, Scots Hall

Accompong, Flagstaff/Trelawny

11:00 am – 11:10 am         Quao Skit                                  School

11:10 am – 11:25 am         Presentation

11:25 am – 11:40 am         Quao's Victory                           Jamokia Rose

11:40 am – 12:00 am         Guest Speaker                           Hon. Olivia Grange

Minister of Culture Gender Entertainment

& Sport

12::00 am  - 12:40 pm       Maypole                                    Cascade Primary School

12:40 pm – 1:00 pm         Drumming & Egungun mask    Charles Town, Moore Town, Scots Hall

Accompong, Flagstaff  Drummers

1::00 pm – 2:30 pm               LUNCH

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm           Charles Town Junior Dancers & Drummers

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm           Messages from our Sponsors



Red Bones




3:00 pm -  3:10 pm           Message                                     Ambassador Janet Omoleegho Olisa,

Nigerian High Commissioner

3:10 pm – 3:20 pm           Performance                             Captain Padam Douglas and Moustafa Reds

3:20 pm – 3:35 pm           Speaker                                     Minister Horace Chang    (already invited)

Ministry of National Security

3:35pm – 3:50 pm            Capoeira Demonstration           Capoeira Cativeiro Jamaica

3:50 pm – 4:05 pm           Performance                             Fresh Performer ???????

4:05 pm – 4:20 pm           Speaker                                     Hon. Dr. Alvin Curling (follow up with                                                                           Flavius)

4:35 pm – 4:50 pm               Presentation                                        Rastafari Indigenous Village

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm                 Reggae Tribute                          ???????????????


Highlights of Conference & Festival 2018

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Conference & Festival 2018 Photos


Maroon Hero

Military Strategist

The Invisible Warrior

Captain Quao


He came from Ghana in Africa

Male child born on a Thursday

During the early period of the trade in enslaved Africans

The signing of a Peace Treaty between the Maroons and the British in 1739


No. They joined together and fought the British

1728 – 1739/40

Twi is the language of the Akan people