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Snapshots: Krio, Maroons, Gullah

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Snapshots: Krio, Maroons, Gullah

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There are several creolized communities of people of West African descent that are the result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.  Surprisingly to some, many of them still exist with preserved cultures and traditions lasting over 200 years.  Here are quick snapshots of 3 of them.

The Krios of Sierra Leone are the first free black westernized community in West Africa. Settled in Freetown, Sierra Leone over 200 years ago, they descend from a diverse mix of West African and Atlantic African cultures including African Americans, Jamaican Maroons, Yoruba, Igbo and Fanti among others. Many also have European ancestry. They are influential in the establishment of many of West Africa’s modern westernized institutions.

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Akindele Decker is a Sierra Leonean poet and writer with ancestral links across West Africa and the other side of the Atlantic. He resides in Maryland, USA with his family. www.akindeletmdecker.com

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