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 Maroons Acting Colonel Marcia “Kim” Douglas

Performance by CharlesTown Drummers and Dancers

Friday June 21



12:00-12:15 pm


12:15-1:15 pm

Introduction and Libations


PANEL I: Researching Maroons


  1. Dr. Frances R. Botkin, English, Towson University

Dr. Paul Youngquist, English, University of Colorado Boulder “Anarchival Research and the Jamaican Maroons”


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

“Mediated Whiteness: Writings about Maroons in Planter Histories”


  1. John Favini, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Virginia

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


1:15-2:00 pm               Lunch


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

  1. Dr. Kathleen Wilson, Distinguished Professor, History, SUNY “Insurgents and Peacekeepers: Jamaican Maroons in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire”


  1. Dr. Shelby Johnson, English, Florida Atlantic University “Maroon Pasts and Presents in Robert Wedderburns’ The Axe Laid to the Root (1817)”


  1. Lucayo Casillas, Senior Fellow, Dartmouth College “Tribes Within a State: The Jamaican Maroons and Afro-Indigenous Resistance”


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

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


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

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

“Cultural Authority and the Transmission of Jamaican Maroon Music Traditions”


  1. Anne Solomon, Independent Scholar

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


  1. Dr. Rebecca Schneider, English, University of Colorado Boulder

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


  1. Deozi, Deozi.com

“The Lesser Known Maroons in Art”


5:00 pm Afrocentric Fashion Show by Ayawear


Sundown Bun Fyah: Music and Drumming by the River

Saturday June 22


1:00-2:15 pm PANEL IV: Environmental Rights, Indigenous Peoples, and Peace


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

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


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

“Evaluating the Co-Management Plan of the

Okhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”


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

“Environmental Governance and the Paradoxes of Maroon Geographies of Peace”


  1. Orlando Robinson, MSc, JCDT

“Wildlife Conservation and Indigenous Peoples in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park andWorld Heritage Site:

The Jamaican Hutia Study”


2:30-3:45 pm PANEL V: Critiques of Justice


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

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


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

“Gender and Justice”

  1. Brother Sankofa, Community Activist, Cultural Architect, and Edu-Cultural Coach

“Grassroots: Community Engagement Using Traditional Methods”


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

“Incarceration and Education”


4:00-5:15 pm Panel VI: Peace amd Restorative Justice

  1. Michael J. Becker, PhD Candidate, History, Duke University “Enslaved People, the Empire, and the Law in Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaica”


  1. Gaa’maa Gloria “Mau Mau G” Simms, Paramount Queen of the Maroons, Maroon Indigenous Women Circle, Charles Town "Women as Peace Culture: Using Restorative Justice"


  1. Dr. Marcus Goffe, Attorney-at-Law

“The Right to Spiritual and Cultural Damages to Redress Injustice to Indigenous Peoples”


  1. Professor Verene A. Shepherd, Director of the Centre for Reparation Research, University of the West Indies, Mona “Threats to Peace: State Parties, the ICERD, and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in a Post-Colonial World”


5:30-6:30 pm The Creatives Gavsborg/Gavin Blair, Producer

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

“Sonic Uprising: Making a Living Record”


Granman AkinSanya, Charles Town

“Sound Balm Yaad: Life’s Synchronicity, a Wellness Oath to Peace”


6:30 pm           Presenters’ Banquet


Movie Night










Sunday June 23

Master of Ceremony - Dr. Amina Blackwood Meeks


9:30 - 10:35 am         Blowing of the Abeng

Procession & Greeting of the Ancestors


Call to the Sacred Directions Kasike Nibonri Kaiman Yukayeke Yamaye Quani


Taíno Songs

Velva “Akosua Kasabiana” Lawrence Sankofie


Maroon Libation

Gaa'maa Gloria 'Mau Mau G' Simms Charles Town Maroon Community


Quao Warrior Songs

Charles Town Maroon Drummers & Dancers Charles Town Maroon Community


Yoruba Libation

Babalawo Oluwole A. Ifakunle Ile Omo Ope, New York, USA

Sounds of West Africa JamAfrican Ensemble Kingston & St Andrew

10:35 - 10:50 am












10:50 - 1:00 pm



Actg Col. Marcia Douglas

Charles Town Maroon Community


Mr. Richard Lumsden

Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival Planning Committee



Gaa'maa Gloria “Mau Mau G” Simms Charles Town Maroon Community


Quao's Victory

Jamokia Rose, Anastasia Robinson Kenika Douglas, Renee Robinson & Samantha Douglas

Charles Town Maroon Community


Guest Presenter

“Taíno African Connections” Dr. Lesley-Gail Atkinson Swaby, Archaeologist


Quao Skit

Charles Town Primary School, Plum Valley, Portland



Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers Youth


Guest Speaker

“Communication with the Divine Ancestors” Babalawo Oluwole A. Ifakunle

Ile Omo Ope, New York, USA


Cascade Primary & Junior High School Cascade District, Portland





1:00 - 2:00 pm




2:00 - 2:10 pm


2:10 - 3:25 pm









3:25 - 3:30 pm




3:30 - 3:55 pm


3:55 - 4:10 pm


4:10 - 4:45 pm


4:45 - 5:00 pm


5:00 - 5:15 pm




5:15 - 6:00 pm


Ancestral Rhythms

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers Youth

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers JamAfrican Ensemble




Master of Ceremony – Dr. Marcus Goffe


Greetings from Charles Town Maroons


Greetings and Performances from Maroon Communities:

Scott’s Hall Maroons Moore Town Maroons Accompong Maroons Trelawny Town Maroons Surinamese Maroons



His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki Ambassador of Japan


Presentation by Fight for Peace


Greetings from Sponsors


Presentation by Capoeira Cativeiro Jamaica


Performance by All 4 Betta Drummers


Keynote Speaker

Kasike Nibonri Kaiman Yukayeke Yamaye Quani



Rastafari Indigenous Village

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers Youth

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers


FRIDAY: 6:00 pm


SATURDAY: 8:00 am

10:00 am 11:00 am 12:30 pm 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 7:00 pm


SUNDAY: 8:00 am 11:00 am 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

Wellness Village Opening: Yoga with Live Music



Morning Yoga Session Herb Lecture

Live Food Demo Paida Lajin Demo Plant Ceremony

Afternoon Yoga Session Stargazing



3 Body Workout

Mid Morning Yoga Session Healthy Eating Workshop

Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation



Available by Appointment Throughout the Day:

  • Reiki · Massage · Paida Lajin (Stretch & Slap for Aches & Pains) · Sound Balm Yaad Offerings (Chants and Meditations)
  • Healing Sessions


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