richard price & sally price

Vents d'ailleurs, 2003

Saramaka canoemen in French Guiana, early 20th century

Saramaka shrine to a sea god in French Guiana

Les Marrons

par Richard Price et Sally Price

Written in part for journalists, politicians, educators, civil servants, and others in French Guiana who have expressed a desire to go beyond the pervasive stereotypes that circulate about the Maroon populations living in their midst. Also aimed at a new generation of Maroons, many of whom are now schooled in French and seriously interested in their own history. For readers who wish to gain a basic understanding of who these people are, the book provides an introduction to the historical background of the four Maroon peoples in French Guiana (Alukus, Ndyukas, Paramakas, and Saramakas), clarifies the ways in which these groups differ from one another culturally, and traces the main lines of their respective contributions to French Guiana at different points in time. This is an activist work that highlights the challenges faced by the French state in dealing with cultural difference and the human rights of Maroons. Although it is intended for a broad (non-academic) audience, it includes considerable new research that we have not published elsewhere.

Les Marrons is available from the French on-line booksellers: and

People masquerading as stereotypic "maroons" in the Cayenne carnival

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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