Now I write this not to boast and brag, because I know as a young man I did my share of stuff, that my family don’t know about till this day, but as I have stated over and over, when it comes to my survival and yours…fuck you! We for, the most part were young men, we weren’t In the church and could not embrace the turn the other cheek philosophy. Unfortunately, just like after the panthers left the mean streets of Oakland in California, without the proper mechanism to educate those coming up behind them, we didn’t do the same, as we grew old, too late to realize that the oppression that we experienced and physically fought against, was altered and affected our children psychologically. Yet they are unprepared for the tools of that war and were using physicality instead of intelligence. This is why in Toronto, so many of the youth are imitating the bastard children of the Black Panthers, the Crips and Bloods, aided and abated by the politicians and Po lice.  Many of these youth bangers aren’t even Island born or from Jamaica, but the memories of earlier days are indelibly impressed on the minds of Caucasian in Toronto, so every African or Knee-grow who acts criminally or who they FEEL acts criminally are automatically labeled Jamaican. So cheer up world, if you can say Irie, yeah man! Punanny and some form of patois…you are Jamaican. Smdh.

Still the energy Jamaicans carry is so deeply ingrained in our melanated DNA, that one would realize that there is more to us than Reggae music, Ganja and one love.  People tend to or chose to forget that during and after the Imperial and colonial wars aged in African by all the nations of Europe, it was the strongest, bravest and most able men, who were the wall against the beast crossing our borders. It was these same fitter people, rebellious and politically dangerous to puppet kings in different African countries that were initially sold to the “white devil”. Afterwards when his appetite fro dark bodies became insatiable, the devil stopped trading and bartering and started to make political allegiance with the varied countries in Europe, then breaking them after getting increased black gold from Africa. Numerous scholarly narratives have indicated that the strongest and most able at the time were pulled kicking and screaming from the shores of African to Europe and the West Indies, before making the journey to America. For the plantation owners, obedient slaves were imperative to a well run economic machine. Therefore to prevent disruptions, these same troublesome Negros were fist sent to Jamaica to be broken, tamed and returned to America. And while many were, hue man nature being what is it, some rebelliousness did get through the filtering system, such as Harriet and Sojourner, and one of my heroes, Nat Turner.

 

In Jamaica, we came off the ship fighting. We fought on the plantation and we fought and ran away. Many of us were mistakenly named after one of the more prominent liberation fighters and anti imperialist’s soldiers from the Cameroon. Banded together the spirits of the ancestors, through leaders such as Nanny, Cudjo and others, the Cameroons and other nations who ran away, became the cimaroons and later just Maroons. This is where the spirit of Jamaica came from and where we start our narrative.

 Jamaica Maroons

Nanny Town Rediscovered

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This is lifted directly from youtube where it was posted: This video documents the disappearing languages of the Eastern Maroons of Moore Town, Jamaica. The languages are (i) Kromanti, a language variety related to the Akan language cluster of West Africa, and (ii) Uol Taim Patwa or ‘Maroon Spirit Language’, a very archaic form of English-lexicon Creole, similar in many ways to the Creole languages of Suriname. The language is presented through Mr Isaac Bernard, one the last culture bearers of the community, with a good command of these languages. The video is part of the Caribbean Indigenous and Endangered Languages website, which is co-sponsored by the Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for Caribbean Language Research, University of the West Indies, Mona, and (the population control entity that is UNESCO).

The bracketed and highlighted insertion is my own, just to let my readers know that UNESCO, like the UN and PLANNED PARENTHOOD are genocidal entities that uses money to integrate themselves into indigenous cultures in order to eventually wipe them out.

The Kromanti Language of the Jamaican Maroons pt 1 and 2

Morant Bay Rebellion – History Uncovered

4 thoughts on “Jamaica-the small Axe: pt 1

  1. I did a post on the Suriname maroons awhile back. Absolutely fascinating! There also were the Maroons of the USA, the Gullah Geeche of South Carolina Sea Islands.
    http://nachalooman.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/the-culture-and-language-of-the-gullah-geechee-blacks-of-south-carolina/ They aren’t referred to as maroons though.

    The other fascinating thing is the similarity among “creole” and “patois” languages spoken by black people in those times. The so-called white scholars usually explain this all ass-backward, rather than say that the grammatical construction is similar across the board, whether Surinamese, Haitian, Jamaican, and in some cases even American “patois”. Our black ancestors superimposed grammatical rules of construction from their African languages over the French, Spanish, Dutch and English. They did a voodoo on the white languages, using them as a skeleton upon which to build. So is the language in the actual words used, or in the way the words are constructed – sentences, thought, culture? Fascinating! BTW, I didn’t know that the word punanny was used outside of black America!!! Real talk! That word is universal! Even Rev Dr. Jeremiah Wright used the word in one of his sermons, which I posted at my blog of course. 😉
    There’s a little book written by an expatriate African American sister who was living in the hills of Jamaica at the time she wrote, called Understanding Jamaican patois L. Emilie Adams http://books.google.com/books/about/Understanding_Jamaican_patois.html?id=Bqru0B-lHAsC and in it Sister gives us the grammar rules, and then she makes a comparison of the different “creoles/patois”.
    This info was mind blowing for me, yet it makes complete sense. It’s not that the languages just so happen to be randomly similar, but at their heart, these languages are African! It’s an alchemic blending that can only come from the right brain of melanated beings! Yes, I said it.

    There also is a sister, Dr. Lisa J. Green, a linguistic scholar focused on African American Vernacular English, (Ebonics). She breaks down the grammatical rules of this so called backward, ignorant slang language, and finds consistency. In the US, the belly of the beast, we lost more of the Africanisms of the language but it is still surviving. Sister Queen Quet, has made it her life work to keep and nurture the history of the Gullah Geechee people.

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    1. Lol!@ Reverend Wright, No wonder Caucasians warned Obama to keep away from that brother. “too black, too strong”. Big ups to Dr. green and her work and that of sister Adams, they are keeping the culture strong. @in Jamaica language is a continuously evolving thing, that I am sure the two lady would have expounded on. It is the funk that y’all talk about in the US, that unfortunately people fail to over stand these days. For instance, Punnany, Nawny are both derivative of Pumpum and were coded words children and adults couldn’t utter in mixed company. Keep in mind Jamaica is one of the most conservative societies, more churches per capita than anywhere else in the world. I am glad you mentioned the Gullah peoples because they are the last of the original Warriors that came over from Africa during the Ma’afa. Incidentally the great Jim Brown is Gullah and you can see his African spirit. Africans in America NEED to embrace and preserve the Gullah language, just like scholars in Jamaica are fighting to make Jamaican (instead of patois) as an official language. That’s why that post you did on the Jamaican bible resonated back home with so many people (thanks for that).

      I definitely have to take you with me down there,..lol!

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