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On the Mall: Presenting Maroon Tradition-Bearers at the 1992 Festival of American Folklife (review)

On the Mall: Presenting Maroon Tradition-Bearers at the 1992 Festival of American Folklife (review) journal of world history, spring 1997 On the Mall: Presenting Maroon Tradition-Bearers at the 1992 Festival of American Folklife. By Richard Price and Sally Price. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995. Pp. xi + 123. $25 (cloth); $12 (paper). In 1992 the organizers of the "Maroon Program," a substantial component of that year's Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife (FAF), approached recognized authorities Richard Price and Sally Price to serve as "presenters," or cultural mediators between African American maroons from Suriname and French Guiana and visitors to the Washington, D.C., Mall. The object was to bring together for the first time Saramakas and Ndjukas from Suriname, Alukus from French Guiana, Jamaicans from the Moore Town and Accompong communities, Seminole maroons from Texas and Mexico, and Palenqueros from Colombia. Although they had some misgivings, the Prices agreed with the understanding that they would document their experiences for publication later. The result is a fascinating account of their participation in the nine-day event. Based largely on a diary the Prices kept before and during the event, On the Mall has substantial value as an ethnography of the 1992 festival. Beyond that, however, the scope of the authors' argument is extended to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

On the Mall: Presenting Maroon Tradition-Bearers at the 1992 Festival of American Folklife (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 8 (1)

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journal of world history, spring 1997 On the Mall: Presenting Maroon Tradition-Bearers at the 1992 Festival of American Folklife. By Richard Price and Sally Price. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995. Pp. xi + 123. $25 (cloth); $12 (paper). In 1992 the organizers of the "Maroon Program," a substantial component of that year's Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife (FAF), approached recognized authorities Richard Price and Sally Price to serve as "presenters," or cultural mediators between African American maroons from Suriname and French Guiana and visitors to the Washington, D.C., Mall. The object was to bring together for the first time Saramakas and Ndjukas from Suriname, Alukus from French Guiana, Jamaicans from the Moore Town and Accompong communities, Seminole maroons from Texas and Mexico, and Palenqueros from Colombia. Although they had some misgivings, the Prices agreed with the understanding that they would document their experiences for publication later. The result is a fascinating account of their participation in the nine-day event. Based largely on a diary the Prices kept before and during the event, On the Mall has substantial value as an ethnography of the 1992 festival. Beyond that, however, the scope of the authors' argument is extended to

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