Towards a borderless Indigenous Society

12th Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival

June 20 - 23, 2020 Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

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Overview

Your Sponsorship will keep both our organizations growing.

The Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival continues to be the premier and “not to be missed” celebration of indigeneity, marronage, African and Taíno culture and cultural retentions in Jamaica.

Anchored around the June 23rd signing of the 1739 peace treaty between the Windward Maroons and the British, the event pays tribute to the incredible skill, persistence, courage and unrelenting efforts of the Charles Town Maroons in their unending quest for freedom and its attendant rights. Initiated and first celebrated as a local community activity honouring Quao, a brilliant strategist and warrior in the Maroon wars, the celebration has metamorphosed into a Conference & Festival that is international in scope and participation. 
Over the past 11 years the CTM Conference & Festival has been hosted with a number of themes which have facilitated a focus on indigenous teachings, knowledge systems, ancestral veneration, wellness and the continued role and function of the Maroons in today’s Jamaica. This year the 12th Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference and Festival will be held under the theme of Sovereignty, with sub-themes:

  • Maroon and Indigenous Sovereignty (self-determination, sovereign immunity)
  • Sovereignty and the State (independence, national Identity, “state within a state” status, and its logistics)
  • Sovereignty and the Environment (natural resources, mining, environmental justice, ecological issues)
  • Sovereignty and its structures (logistics, mechanisms, implementations, its challenges or complexities)
  • Sovereignty and the Self (creative, intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual)

The staging of the Conference and Festival has traditionally rested on a foundation of public private  partnership that has afforded us a pool of funds to finance the event.

Sponsorship assists the Charles Town Community in hosting a celebration that  features:

  • An Academic Conference
  • Ancestor Quao Day Celebration
  • A Wellness Village
  • Maroon Victory Day Celebration

These activities are surrounded by vintage music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, films, stargazing, Taíno & African rituals, maroon foods and other forms of meditation and entertainment.

Sponsorship Packages

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  • Platinum Sponsor
  • Gold Sponsor
  • Event Sponsor
  • Supporting Sponsor (1)
  • Supporting Sponsor (2)

Platinum Sponsor

$2,000,000

(1)

  • Branding

    Full branding of event (Including placement on Backdrop)

  • Marketing & Promotional Material

    Prominent Principal sponsor recognition on all event-related marketing & promotional material (save-the-date, invitations, flyers, e-mails and posters

  • Charles Town Maroons’ Website and Social Media Platforms

    Sponsor recognition and link from the conference page on the Charles Town Maroons’ web site and social media platforms

Gold Sponsor

$2,500,000

(1)

  • Branding

    Secondary branding of event.

  • Marketing & Promotional Material

    Prominent sponsor recognition on all event-related marketing & promotional material (save-the-date, invitations, flyers, e-mails and posters

  • Charles Town Maroons’ Website and Social Media Platforms

    Sponsor recognition and link from the conference page on the Charles Town Maroons’ web site and social media platforms

  • Welcome Reception, Conference & Festival

    8 tickets to the Welcome Reception and 20 tickets per day to the Conference and Festival

  • Sponsor's Booth

    A 10' x 10' Booth Space will be provided

Event Sponsor

$1,500,000

(4)

  • Branding

    Brand your selected event

  • Marketing & Promotional Material

    Sponsor recognition on all event-related marketing & promotional material (save-the-date, invitations, flyers, e-mails and posters

  • Charles Town Maroons’ Website and Social Media Platforms

    Sponsor recognition and link from the conference page on the Charles Town Maroons’ web site and social media platforms

  • Welcome Reception, Conference & Festival

    5 tickets to the Welcome Reception and 20 tickets per day to the Conference and Festival

  • Sponsor's Booth

    A 10' x 10' Booth Space will be provided

Supporting Sponsor (1)

$500,000

(Unlimited)

  • Marketing & Promotional Material

    Prominent sponsor recognition on select event-related marketing & promotional material

  • Charles Town Maroons’ Website and Social Media Platforms

    Sponsor recognition and link from the conference page on the Charles Town Maroons’ web site and social media platforms

Supporting Sponsor

$200,000

(Unlimited)

  • Marketing & Promotional Material

    Prominent supporting sponsor recognition on select event-related marketing & promotional material

  • Charles Town Maroons’ Website and Social Media Platforms

    Sponsor recognition and link from the conference page on the Charles Town Maroons’ web site and social media platforms

Activities

  • Academic Conference
  • Quao Day Celebration
  • Wellness Village
  • Bun Fyah Nite

Academic Conference 2020

Each year the Conference & Festival features a variety of  scholars from top universities around the world. Visitors to the 12th Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival in June 2020 will be able to hear from and interact with these scholars. The chief architects of the academic conference are:

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Dr. Frances Botkin

Frances Botkin is a professor of English at Towson University, where she teaches British Romanticism, Caribbean literature, transatlantic studies, and gender studies. She has published articles on Maria Edgeworth, William Wordsworth, Sydney Owenson, and Jack Mansong. Though she lives primarily in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Botkin spends several months of the year in Jamaica where she helps to organize the Annual International Charles Town l Maroon Conference & Festival. Dr. Botkin’s book Thieving Three-fingered Jack: Transatlantic Tales of a Jamaican Outlaw, 1780-2015 came out in 2018 with Rutgers University Press.
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Dr. Marcus Goffe

Dr. Marcus Goffe is an Attorney-at-Law who specializes in intellectual property law and the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and the rights of indigenous and local communities. He is regularly consulted by the Maroon communities in Jamaica and is committed to supporting their sustainable development.
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Dr. Paul Youngquist

Dr. Paul Youngquist is a professor of English in at the University of Colorado -Boulder. His areas of specialization include British Romanticism, Atlantic Studies, science fiction, literary and cultural theory.

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Conference days for the 2020 Conference & Festival will be Saturday June 20, and Monday June 22 starting at 10:00 am.

 

 

 

 

 

Full details will be available on our website https://maroons-jamaica.com 
by April 1, 2020.

Ancestor Quao Day Celebration 

 

The acknowledgement and celebration of those who have gone before is an integral part of what defines and speaks to ancestry and heritage in a present day maroon community.  As maroons there is the innate knowing that ancestors are not dead people but those members of community who lived a life of good character, passed through the door called death, to transition to the spirit realm.  

From there they continue to assist those of their lineage and the wider community.  The veneration of ancestors was and continues to be important and seen as beneficial to both the first and second groups of maroons in Yamayeka/Jamaica.   The Taínos and later the Africans who came,  who, under the pressure of enslavement, fled to the interior to establish communities, both shared a cosmology that facilitated the formation of friendships that allowed them to join forces to fight against the atrocities meted out to them.

In 2006, the Charles Town Maroon Community (CTMC) began celebrating a brilliant African maroon  military strategist known as Quao.  Their many stories told of the genius of Quao as a leader of men, his brilliance in outmanoeuvring the enemy in the  2nd Maroon War and of his dedication to the freedom of him and his people.  The date of June 23rd was chosen for the celebration as this was the date in 1739 on which the British, by signing a Peace Treaty with the Maroons, admitted their defeat and incapacity to dominate them.

Over time the Ancestor Quao Day Celebration has expanded to what is today, the Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival.  The Conference & Festival date is always navigated around June 23 with that date devoted to the celebration of Quao and all those who fought with him on and of the battlefield.  The day is celebrated as part of the history of the Charles Town Maroons and Maroons in general.  It is also a celebration of the strength, courage, other positive attributes and world view of the Taíno and African maroons. The annual celebration continues the ancestral practice, both Taíno and African, of  venerating our ancestors,  lauding their strength and fortitude and lionising their victory. 

The Ancestor Quao Day Celebration of the 12th Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival will again open in ceremonial fashion featuring Taíno, Akan and other African and indigenous influences.  The opening rituals will include ancestral practices such as the Taíno Call to the Sacred Directions, African Libations, egungun masquerade and more.   Family, friends and well wishers will join the Charles Town Maroons in paying tribute to ancestor Quao in drumming, dancing, singing, poetry and more. 

 The afternoon programme will revolve around participatory activities to expose and introduce participants to some of the ways of living of the maroons. Workshops in maroon drumming, maroon & Taíno songs and dance, spirituality of plants are a few of the opportunities that will be available for entertainment and education. Quao day will also feature a menu of ancestral foods such as bussu and crayfish soups, fish & bammy, roast yam and salt fish, rundung etc.

The day will close with Maroon drumming, dancing and singing to give thanks to the ancestors for their ongoing blessings and our many victories as we continue the struggle for a better Jamaica.

Wellness Village

Have you ever wondered that a maroon definition of wellness could be and why or how wellness could conceivably be one of the focal themes of the Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival?  Well, here is yet another opportunity to participate in mind, body, spirit wellness so as to stop you wondering and help you into balance. 

It has been accepted by many that everything begins in spirit and so we know that ‘unwellness’ is the effect of causal factors that exist in the spiritual realm.  The inclusion of wellness in the Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival  demonstrates the understanding of the connections between the state of well being and the role of wellness as a path to health.   Aspects of wellness are often overlooked in what we erroneously call traditional health care and although, as Jamaicans ‘prayer’ is a vital component of our healing, we do not often enough include other natural modalities that address both the spiritual and the physical. 

 

And so the 12th Annual International Charles Town  Maroon Conference & Festival presents, yet again, the Wellness Village. Beginning on Saturday morning and running throughout Saturday and Sunday. The Village will feature a range of wellness offerings such as hands on therapies, healing ceremonies, energy healing, healthy eating and other holistic approaches.  Wellness seekers are encouraged to experience yoga, massages, live food, meditation, reiki, plant medicine, healing ceremonies and explore Taíno and other indigenous wellness modalities.   

Maroon and other indigenous definitions of wellness cannot be narrow but must instead be sufficiently broad to include perspectives of wellness as they pertain to physical, spiritual, emotional, environmental, mental, financial and social health.  The Conference and Festival provides the opportunity to highlight and promote wellness from a ‘wholistic’ viewpoint and to remind us of the many ways we can take responsibility for our healing.  Indigenous world view has consistently embraced harmonious, healing, economic, balanced relationships with both their corporeal and non material  environment and so we are in wellness not only as a function of minds and bodies but also when we are in balance with the divine. 

Bun Fyah Nite

Bring a drum and join us.

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