Title

Archaeology of Memory: a case study of Queen Nanny

Presenter Information

Lacy RisnerFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

liberal arts

Minor

psychology and studio art

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Barbra Cobb, Dr. Marcie Venter, Dr. Brian Clardy

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This presentation will discuss the different possible origins of the Kromanti identity through the collective memory of Queen Nanny. Queen Nanny is a female Maroon military general, who played multiple roles in order to keep her community of Marooned Africans together. Today, she is considered the Mother of all Marooned Jamaicans. The Maroons were Africans and indegenous Taino, who had escaped the enslavement of the Europeans. Their freedom was made possible by the legends and actions of Queen Nanny. The Kromanti identity is a way for the Marooned Africans to reconnect with their African homeland. It also tied with the military tactics used to resist British enslavement and the official Maroon language is known as Kromanti. However, the exact origins of where the name Kromanti comes from is unclear due to the nature of oral histories and the collective memory of Queen Nanny.

Fall Scholars Week 2019 Event

LBA 438

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Archaeology of Memory: a case study of Queen Nanny

This presentation will discuss the different possible origins of the Kromanti identity through the collective memory of Queen Nanny. Queen Nanny is a female Maroon military general, who played multiple roles in order to keep her community of Marooned Africans together. Today, she is considered the Mother of all Marooned Jamaicans. The Maroons were Africans and indegenous Taino, who had escaped the enslavement of the Europeans. Their freedom was made possible by the legends and actions of Queen Nanny. The Kromanti identity is a way for the Marooned Africans to reconnect with their African homeland. It also tied with the military tactics used to resist British enslavement and the official Maroon language is known as Kromanti. However, the exact origins of where the name Kromanti comes from is unclear due to the nature of oral histories and the collective memory of Queen Nanny.