Janina Rubinowitz began collecting objects of the Maroon culture after her first trip to the interior of Suriname in the late 1960s. She traveled by airplane and canoe for three days to eventually land on the banks of Diitabiki, a village she would travel back to at least 50 more times over the course of the next 40 years. Rubinowitz considers the Suriname Maroons to be an extension of her being and has developed a humanitarian aid corporation to provide medical supplies and equipment to the elderly members of the Maroon community. Her collection consists of items she has purchased or received as gifts from the villagers during her numerous visits to Diitabiki. As an artist and art educator, Rubinowitz also captures her experiences along the Tapanahony River on canvas and film.
Da Mi Deh (Ba Kite) is of the Ndjuka tribe that dwells in the interior of Suriname. He is a craftsman of many items collected by Maroon culture scholar Janina Rubinowitz including a set of engraved silver spoons, a wooden paddle, and a rice stirrer.
Other artisans include Ba Baja Gazon, Ma Beda, Da Nene Landvelt of Cottea, and Ba Bonno Velanti, who is also a shaman of the Ndjuka Maroons.
Rites and ceremonies
Social life and customs
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum