richard price & sally price

University of California Press, 1980

Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, 1975

Karoma, 1983

Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976

Out-of-print or hard-to-find books

Afro-American Arts of the Suriname Rain Forest
by Sally Price and Richard Price

An introduction to the artistic life of the Maroons, lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white plates. The text has been fully superseded by Maroon Arts (Beacon Press, 1999), but this edition has better-quality illustrations. A limited number of copies are available for sale by the authors; e-mail us using Quick Links (right column). Also available on-line from various out-of-print booksellers.


Saramaka Social Structure:
Analysis of a Maroon Society in Surinam

by Richard Price

A revised 1970 Harvard dissertation, still available from the Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, by emailing the Institute: (viglesia@​


To Slay the Hydra:
Dutch Colonial Perspectives on the Saramaka Wars

by Richard Price

A companion volume to First-Time, this book presents extensive archival documents, translated into English, on Saramakas' century-long struggle for liberation from slavery. Available on-line from various out-of-print booksellers. (Dutch edition, 1982, De Saramakaanse vrede van 1762: geselecteerde documenten, available from the Centrum voor Caraïbische Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands.)


The Guiana Maroons:
A Historical and Bibliographical Introduction

by Richard Price

Available on-line from various out-of-print booksellers.

Selected Books:

“Richard and Sally Price’s elegiac account of their time living among the Saamakas of Suriname in the 1960s is wholly engrossing, and of the very highest narrative quality. I can see, smell, and feel everything they describe. The Prices have never been fresher or more readable as literature.” --George E. Marcus
Boléro Tropical, a French-language reimagining of Enigma Variations, is now available from and
Winner of the 2012 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association in the field of Human Rights and the 2012 Senior Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society. "An extraordinary work, actively written and exceptionally thought-provoking, Rainforest Warriors will be a classic." --Donald Brenneis, UC Santa Cruz
"A delicious combination of art, anthropology, and politics"--Lucy R. Lippard. "A fascinating, entertaining, and troubling book"--Journal of Anthropological Research. "A complex story of passion, intrigue, and power"--Journal of Surrealism and the Americas. "A crackling good story"--Museum.
Winner of the 2008 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, the 2009 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarship, and the 2009 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. . . . "An astonishing performance ... as lucid and cordial as the best contemporary fiction.”--George Lamming
A lavishly-illustrated art book
A French-language original, printed in full color.
"A tour-de-force ... a true marriage of anthropology and art history." --Fred Myers, New York University
"A witty, but scholarly, indictment of the whole primitive art business." --Newsweek
"A superb calaloo of a book ... that explores the underlying insanity of the colonial experience." --George Lamming
"A true gem... The promise of literary ethnography is fulfilled: to educate and, just as a lark, to entertain." --African Arts
"Sensitive and honest, First-Time is required reading for all who seek to learn something new through first-hand, long-term research with non-western intellectuals" --Ethnohistory
"A splendid effort to recover the past." --New York Review of Books
"A splendid anthology, skillfully edited and introduced." --Eugene D. Genovese
"An innovative analysis of the creativity of African-Americans under the extreme constraints of slavery." --Rebecca Scott
"Conceived with sophistication but presented with simplicity and clarity" --Choice
"A brilliantly crafted experiment in postmodern narration --J. Jorge Klor de Alva, president, University of Phoenix
As seas dry up, books speak out loud, and elephants assume human form, we are present at a whole sequence of world-shaping happenings such as the invention of sex, the discovery of drums,and the arrival of death among humans.
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