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Boukman: The Haitian and Jamaican Connections

    Boukman, also called Dutty Boukman or Zamba Boukman is considered as one of the main instigators of the Haitian rebellion in Saint Dominique. Born enslaved and the descendant of a Maroon, Boukman was a rebel leader from Jamaica.  Rumour suggested that he was a voodoo High Priest sold by his British slave master…

Kojo Day in Accompong, St. Elizabeth (January 6th)

  Traditional celebratory rites held in Accompong Town on January 6 (Kojo Day) centre around the Kindah Tree where drumming, dancing, singing and the pouring of libations are done to invoke and appease ancestral spirits; an important part of Maroon cultural tradition. These activities are led by a group of…

Safeguarding “ The living heritage” of Jamaica

17 December 2012 – Jamaica hosted a national workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage from 10 to 14 December 2012. This workshop was organized by The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica / Jamaica Memory Bank, the Jamaican National Commission for UNESCO…

Safeguarding “ The living heritage” of Jamaica

17 December 2012 – Jamaica hosted a national workshop on the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage from 10 to 14 December 2012. This workshop was organized by The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica / Jamaica Memory Bank, the Jamaican National Commission for UNESCO…

Christmas Celebration in Jamaica at a Glance

In Jamaica the Christmas season is always a time of grand celebration. The holiday spirit begins as early as the third week in November and continues through Christmas Day. The Reggae versions of popular Christmas songs such as “Let Christmas catch you in a good mood,” “Give Love on Christmas…

Spiritual /Shouter Baptist: African Retention in the Caribbean

            The Spiritual Baptists, also known as “Shouters”, is a group which operates in a syncretic belief system featuring strong West African (Yoruba) and Christian elements. Another popular type of spiritual-based, African-derived religion is Revivalism which shares similar beliefs, rituals and practices; it emerged into…

Aba/Igbo Women Revolt of the 19th Century

“You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.” In an effort for their voices to be heard, the Ibgo women, mainly from six ethnic groups (Ibibio, Andoni, Ogoni, Bonny, Opobo, and Igbo) took to the street in the provinces of Calabar and Owerri in Nigeria, to protest against the Ibo rulers, or warrant chiefs.…

The Legend of the Ashanti Golden Stool

Ashanti Stool The Ashanti Golden Stool was seen as a unifying instrument which brought together the various groups within the Ashanti nation in the 17th century. It was widely believed, that the Ashanti Golden Stool embodies the soul, strength, vitality, unity and even the very survival of the people of the…

“Guzzum Power: Obeah in Jamaica”

  “Guzzum Power: Obeah in Jamaica”   “Guzzum Power: Obeah in Jamaica” captures the essence of the 2010 exhibition mounted by the ACIJ/JMB. It brings together history and religion for an informative and stimulating journey into the religious experiences of African descendants in the Jamaican landscape. It demonstrates that although…

Marcus Garvey Quote

  “Up you mighty race! You can accomplish what you will.” ref: Jones, Ken. Marcus Garvey Said: A collection of quotations from statements made by Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Kingston, Jamaica: Ken S. Jones Printers, 2002.