richard price & sally price

Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990

"A Rebel Negro armed & on his guard," engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi

J.I. Staley and R.P.

Alabi's World

Winner of the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Award, the Gordon K. Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarship, and the J. I. Staley Prize in Anthropology

Expanding the possibilities of historical writing, this multivocal narrative invites the reader to participate directly in the act of historical imagination. Richard Price is an expert guide through these first-hand accounts -- as white colonists strain to suppress black culture, and blacks resist, determined to create and preserve their own distinctly African American lifeways.

"Price has chosen a subject equally important to historians and social anthropologists, quite apart from the heroism of the Maroons' struggle. For Maroon societies raise fundamental questions. How do casual collections of fugitives of widely different origins possessing nothing in common but the experience of transportation in slave ships and of plantation slavery, come to form structured communities? How, one might say more generally, are societies founded from scratch? ... A splendid effort to recover the past."
--E.J. Hobsbawm, New York Review of Books

“A virtuosic display of scholarship, erudition and imagination by noted ethno-anthropologist Price. Recounts through the interweaving of four distinct voices (set in four type styles) the way 18th-century Saramakas and whites, at the end of a very long war, developed routines, rituals, and institutions that allowed them to live side-by-side in peace. A tour de force.”

"Some scenes have been written so vividly and offer so much detail that afterwards one cannot be certain whether one has seen the movie or read the book."
--Journal of Latin American Studies

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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