The word maroon was used to describe rebellious or runaway slaves in the Danish West Indies. Marronage means organized slave riot or resistance.
“Marronage, fr. (marronnage), slave escape in the West Indies (Maronasch’); Maroon; Negro (Maruhn-), engl. (of sp. Marrano, wild boar, or Cimarron, wild, untamed), a runaway Negro, Bushnegro.” (Ludvig Meyer, Foreign Word Dictionary, 1853)”
Marronage journal launches in 2017 on the occasion of the 100th year anniversary for the sale of the former Danish West Indian Islands. The journal is dedicated to expose the west’s, and in particular the Danish, repression of colonial history.
Denmark was an active part of the European scramble to colonize foreign countries and enslave their populations, and the Danish colonial adventure was lucrative for the small nation. The Danish colonial presence in e.g. the Caribean, on the west coast of Africa, in Greenland and southern India, has left considerable marks in the previously colonized and the colonizers. Marronage aims to uncover and examine these colonial imprints.
Marronage journal is about resistance. Resistance to the West’s, and particularly Denmark’s, repression of it’s colonial past. Resistance takes many forms but always finds a way. The word maroon comes from the Spanish cimarrón meaning wild animal and was used to describe enslaved people running away from the plantations in the Caribbean. When maroons collectively fled to the mountains, into the plains or the jungle to create new societies that was marronage – organized resistance.
Marronage maps, documents, discusses and communicates different perspectives on Danish colonial past in artistic, activist and academic ways.
Marronge launches four times throughout 2017 which is the 100 years for the selling of the former Danish West Indies.