Conducts Research Among Jamaican Maroons
of UCLA ethnomusicologists consisting of Prof. Jacqueline
Cogdell DjeDje, graduate student Carol Merrill-Mirsky, and
technician Jeff Richmond conducted a research project in
Accompong, Jamaica, where they documented events surrounding
the January celebration of the Jamaican Maroons. This annual
event commemorates both the birthday of the Maroon ancestral
leader, Kojo, and his decisive victory over the British,
which resulted in the signing of the Peace Treaty of 1738-39. The Maroons are descendants
of Africans brought to Jamaica by the Spanish in the 17th
century. They succeessfully resisted enslavement by the subsequent
British rulers of the island, and settled in the remote, mountainous
region called the Cockpit Country, where they live today.
Jacqueline DjeDje, and Carol
Merrill-Mirsky at the "Peace Cave" where
the 1738-39 Peace Treaty was signed.