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Lands of Freedom

Lands of Freedom shares stories from the Matawai Maroons in Suriname, a community whose ancestors escaped from slavery centuries ago and fought for liberation. Created by the Amazon Conservation Team, an organization that supports Indigenous and local communities on conservation and cultural preservation efforts, the project corrects a long tradition that too often shared the stories of slave owners rather than enslaved people. This failed to truly center the "reality of the condition of millions of men and women who had been thrown into the violence of slavery," because the narrative came "from the perspective of the executioner." The project also contains an oral history component because many of the written sources found in libraries and archives preserve the actions of colonizers, rather than share the voices of Matawai people. The project provides several resources, including an October 2020 presentation recording from Suriname's National Maroons Day, where historians Rolien Sallons (Matawai) and Ramon Awenkina (Aukaner) take viewers on a virtual journal of the storytelling map. Additionally, readers can scroll through the text, interactive maps, and other resources by clicking the menu icon in the top-left corner or using the arrow keys at the top-center of the website. Some of the documents are translated from French, and readers will find embedded links to the original text as well. The project operates in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), The Slave Route: Resistance, Liberty Heritage, the Nationaal Archief Suriname, and Recovering Voices.
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2021-03-18 11:56:57
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