10 Facts About Aluku


Aluku are a Bushinengue ethnic group living mainly on the riverbank in Maripasoula in southwest French Guiana.

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Aluku are an ethnic group in French Guiana whose people are descended from African slaves who escaped in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries from the Dutch plantations in what is known as Suriname.

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The Aluku desired a peace treaty, however the Society of Suriname, started a war against them In 1768, the first village was discovered and destroyed.

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The Aluku moved southwards, and settled along the Lawa River, a river that formed the border between French Guiana and Suriname.

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On 9 November 1836 an agreement was signed between French Guiana and Suriname stating that Le Prieux had no authority whatsoever, and that the Aluku should leave the French territory and submit to the Ndyuka.

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Until the dissolution of the Inini territory in 1969, the Aluku lived autonomously with little or no interference of the French government.

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Traditionally, the Aluku people lived by subsistence farming, hunting, gathering, and fishing.

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The absence of missionary activities among the Aluku preserved continuation of Winti as the dominant religion.

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Main god for the Aluku is Odun, Four Pantheons, mystical spirits, are distinguished which play an integral part in everyday life.

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Aluku language is a creole of English as well as Dutch, a variety of African languages and, more recently, French.

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