” Mama America, Freedom Mountain, Transcendance and Maroon Cooperation”
Anthropologist and Historian Dr. Richard Price, who is recognized as the World’s Leading Authority on Maroon Societies, wrote that, “The Anthology ,Maroon Societies, Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas”, first published in 1973, was intended to chart a terrain, to compare across the hemisphere the historical experience of people whose ancestors had rebelled against enslavement and created new societies in the wilderness of the Americas. It is anchored in the belief that maroon societies—whether in Brazil or the United States, in Mexico or Jamaica shared a great deal culturally and stood together as heroic, living proof of the existence of a slave consciousness that refused to be limited by the masters’ conception or manipulation of it”
I personally have spent the last 16 years of my life, in a combination of research and activism because as a North American Maroon Descendant, I seek to initiate a movement, that I have named: “Mama America”. I believe that the system of slavery brought by the old Atlantic World to the “New” world was in many ways, “One Big Event” across the Western Hemisphere and that, while all of it’s victims, exhibited some form of ,”Resistance” the Maroons were able to resist successfully enough to form societies.
“Mama America”…Africa is Grandma,now!… Mama…Mommie…we need your milk of understanding…while we learn to understand ourselves.
We need your…unconditional LOVE…and the Magic Mercy of your Maternal Instinct…Let us shout for joy as we pass through your gates and kiss the ground, where you gave us birth and breath.
Mama America …Mama America…show us your Freedom Mountain… let us climb the stairs…guide us along your lighted path… that leads to our Transcendance.
Mother…we… will be good… children…just let us rest… and grow… close…upon your breasts. By Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, North American Maroon Descendant.
“Racially, I’m an African-Native American, Culturally, I’m a Seminole Maroon Descendant… but to the people of America, who see me on the street…I’m just another Flavor of Black” However, I sincerely believe, that if we create a Cultural Renaissance, just like the Harlem Renaissance, we can change the world’s perception of people like me. It will change, when we, instead of using the “New Negro” role model as Harlem did, we use those historic, Maroons who were able to resist slavery and create Free Maroon societies, as the New Protagonists for the coming renaissance. In addition, to the Cultural Renaissance, I have also, detailed two other pillars of consideration for our future paradigm, “The Era of Black Indian Transcendance” and “The Freedom Mountain Movement”.
Finally, I’d like to thank, my Smithsonian Institution “indiVisible”, Researcher, Dr. Kevin Mulroy, Author of ,”Freedom on the Border” and the “Seminole Freedmen”, Mr. Wm. L. Katz, Author of “Black Indians”, the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act, indianvoices.net/Bureau of Black Indian Affairs, the L.A. Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers, the Maroon Women Chamber of Cooperation, and course all those historical and contemporary Maroons, throughout the world.
“Through Warm Tears of Gratitude” Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, North American Maroon Descendant