When addressing him, men and women have to help you flex reduced toward floor

When addressing him, men and women have to help you flex reduced toward floor

RICHARD Rates: The Grandman of the Saramakas is very much like a secret king in Africa, he has mystical powers, much of what he does is hemmed around by tremendous protocol, a protocol that would make the kind of protocol that you’re used to seeing like nothing at all. You can never direct, you don’t talk to the Grandman directly, if this woman here were the Grandman, I would speak to one of these people, and he would relay the message to the others, and so on. It’s a great deal of protocol. The Grandman does not come as a witness ever, when there is a meeting in Saramaka, the Grandman doesn’t come and sit down and give testimony, or listen, what he does, is he sends a delegate, and they do their meeting and then they report back to him.

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RICHARD Rate: You only have my sworn word, that I have spent 10 or 12 hours during the past 11 or 12 days discussing this case with him, in order to try to find out to the best of my ability what he and his people wish.

RICHARD Rates: All of those things were mentioned by the Grandman as being very important to him. The fact that there had been to his knowledge, and to mine, no investigations at all, on the part of the Government, no punishments for the people who did this, is part of the violation and hurt and suffering felt by the Saramaka people, by the Grandman on behalf of his people.

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