PHOTO: Sound of freedom!
Joel Bernard blows the Abeng at yesterday's Emancipation Vigil in the Port Antonio Square, Portland. The Abeng, used for over 300 years by the Maroons, is made from cow horn and can be heard from distances of up to 15 kilometres. According to Maroon culture, the horn, which is still used extensively, communicates messages between Maroon communities. It calls Maroons to assembly and to contribute to Maroon funerals. Although its use for such purposes has been subdued by improvement in communication, it still figures prominently in Maroon life. (Photo: Everard Owen)