Suriname Maroon Art – Wood Carving – Houtsnijwerk

Saamaka, Adiante Franszoon, Wood Carving video(Houtsnijwerk).

Adiante Franszoon was born in the interior of Suriname along the Brazilian border. He was raised in the Saramacca Maroon tribe in one of the many communities established by former slaves who moved from the coast of Suriname to the Amazon rain forest in the early 1700s and learned to carve as a young boy growing up in the village of Dangogo. Adiante came to the United States in the early 1970’s to get an American education and presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where he carries on the traditional Maroon carving of his ancestors. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the Black History Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

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