Maroons are runaway slaves and their descendants. There were various Maroon communities in the jungle in Surinam from the 17th century onwards.
Photo of a young Maroon from 2011. He is part of the Aukaner community.
[Photo: Aad Nicolaas Sterrebaan]
A gourd is made of a large round fruit. Maroons used gourds for meals, as decoration, and for religious rituals.