Cataloguing Maroon ecological knowledge

Parrot hunting

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?

Clip: Abeng making

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?

Indigenous Mapping

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.