I know about the ‘Returned Maroons’ no need to explain. Did Marcus Garvey write about the Maroons? Little is mentioned in his books about them along with Haile Selassie He was supposed to be a descendant but he didn’t grow up in the Maroon Town maybe his grandparents? Perhaps the Rasta movement claimed he said Selassie was a diety. In Maroon culture especially in folk songs do they discuss the issue of being Slave catchers and serving the plantation owners to suppress revolts during and after slavery in the 19th century? Also the irony of all ironies going to Sierra Leone to put down revolts on behalf of the British?Could you explain the ‘Returned Maroons’? I never heard of this. Were they Jamaicans who later joined them after slavery or in the first half of the 20th century? I thought the Maroons still didn’t let outsiders join them. Or only those who married a Maroon?
Secondly can you clarify the changing of names the Maroons used to distance themselves from those they hunted? Surely they would stick to Akan or African names to keep apart? Wouldn’t the enslaved blacks have European names? Why would the Maroons adopt the names given by the plantation owners to the enslaved?
I found this link about the Flagstaffaroons
Maroon Connection: A Brief History of the Trelawny Town Maroons