This project seeks to document the indigenous knowledge and forest use of Maroons as well as its conservation importance.
COMPLETION DATE: August 2019
FUNDED BY: UCL CCHS
This centuries-old tradition contains a wealth of ecological knowledge about plants, animal behaviour, navigation, environmental conditions (and how they affect species distribution).
If this practice is outlawed, how do we maintain this vital knowledge basin?
The Abeng is a traditional Maroon war horn, made from cow horn. Today it is still used as part of funerary rituals. There are only a small number of Maroons remaining who possess the specialist knowledge to make them. If they are forced deeper into the cash economy through alternative livelihoods, how will this tradition be maintained?
Here we explain the importance of indigenous mapping in conservation efforts - particularly in areas of political, geographical, and cultural isolation - which is where you typically find biodiversity hotspots.