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Mystic Bowie (C) with campers and Elder Carlton Smith at the end of Summer Culture Camp week one

Mystic Bowie (C) with campers and Elder Carlton Smith at the end of Summer Culture Camp week one

One hundred and forty students from the Maroon communities, Accompong Town and Elderslie in St. Elizabeth attend the Mystic Bowie Cultural Center (MBCC) sponsored summer culture camp, being held at the Accompong Town Primary, from July 4 to 15, 2016.

The main aim of the camp is to have the elders teaching the children about their traditions and culture. This will ensure that the traditions are preserved and pass on from one generation to the next.

Organizers of the camp including Reggae Artiste Mystic Bowie and Mr. Garfield Rowe, Principal of the Accompong Town Primay extended an invitation to Elderslie Primary to be part to the summer camp as this will provide them with the opportunity to be united with the Accompong students and learn about the maroons. Mystic Bowie says, “I find it very necessary to build a bridge between all Maroon communities, just as my Ancestors did to beat the British. My Ancestors had realized that they would never win the war against the British as separate tribal groups, so the joined forces (hence the word “Kinda”) and won the war.”

This is the second camp sponsored by MBCC and the intention is to make it an annual event which will incorporate additional Maroon children; teaching them about benefits of plants/herbs; drumming; traditional singing and dancing and traditional cooking.

Principal of Elderslie Primary, Mr. Clavie Johnson openly expressed his gratitude for the invitation to his school to be part of this traditional and cultural experience and to Mystic Bowie for his continued support in educating children in Maroon Communities. He pointed out that he appreciates Mystic Bowie’s generosity for the recently completed library, fully equipped with books, computers and internet service to aid in research at the Accompong Town Primary.

Mystic Bowie humbly shares that, “It is my civic responsibility to give back and make sure no child is left behind. I remember failing classes ‘not because I was lazy’, but because I did not have access to basic school supplies.” 

He also says, “It’s amazing and fulfilling to hear the campers/students talking to each other and sharing information about what they have been learning, seeing and hearing. That confirms the fact that my campers have been very receptive. Each day they also come to me a saying thanks for the experience, so on the final day of the camp, the Mystic Bowie Cultural Center MBCC) will have a fun day for the campers, on the grounds of Accompong primary school and Mystic Bowie Accompong Library. The will enjoy various activities, including water slide, trampoline, bounce about and much more.”

Principal of Elderslie Primary School Mr. Clavie Johnson looks on as Campers learn about traditional cooking

Principal of Elderslie Primary School Mr. Clavie Johnson looks on as Campers learn about traditional cooking

Accompong Summer Campers during drumming class

Accompong Summer Campers during drumming class

Accompong Town elders teaching campers learning to make drums

Accompong Town elders teaching campers learning to make drums

Campers learn traditional cooking

Campers learn traditional cooking

Herbalist (Carlton Smith) teaches campers about the benefits of plants (herbs)

Herbalist (Carlton Smith) teaches campers about the benefits of plants (herbs)

Reggae Artiste Mystic Bowie (L) and Principal of Accompong Town Primary School Garfield Rowe (R) with campers - Summer Culture Camp 2016 Summer Culture Campers touring Accompong Town while learning the maroon traditions

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