Temne Nation of Carriacou Published in Advance of Reunion
September 14, 2017
Polyphemus Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Temne Nation of Carriacou: Sierra Leone’s Lost Family in the Caribbean.
A moving story of a trans-Atlantic search for family and cultural roots, the book reconstructs the history of a small group of people on the Caribbean island of Carriacou, in the state of Grenada, who still identify with the Temne people of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Although more than 200 years have passed since the last enslaved Africans were taken to Carriacou, the members of that group still call themselves “Temnes,” and still remember their ancient homeland in Africa. This is the story of how the “Temne Nation” of Carriacou managed to preserve the memory of its origin in a small place in Africa, and the events that led to a “Temne Reunion” in 2016 when Sierra Leone Temnes and Carriacou Temnes will meet for the first time.
The book was written by John Angus Martin, Joseph Opala, and Cynthia Schmidt, and is illustrated with historical images and original contemporary photographs.