Jamaica Book Industry Association Award, Best Reference Book, 2004
Recognised as THE reference book on Jamaican heritage for libraries,
schools and universities and individuals who simply want accurate
information on Jamaican heritage.
The Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage
is a unique sourcebook that runs
the gamut from ABENG to ZOMBI with nearly 1000 entries arranged
alphabetically and some 700 illustrations. The approach to culture is
holistic and the method is multi-disciplinary, with accurate information
covering the scientific or historic, as well as information from the
domain of the oral culture. The Encyclopedia is intended to inform and
educate as well as entertain.
Among the subjects covered are:
- PEOPLE from all the ethnic and racial
groups including the pre-Colombian
- NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - the
landscape and geography, historic sites, beauty and recreational spots
- PLANTS AND ANIMALS with scientific descriptions and details pertaining
to their culinary, medicinal or religious use
SPORTS, GAMES AND PASTIMES
- DOMESTIC and ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
CRAFTS, TRADES AND OCCUPATIONS
- RELIGIOUS, EDUCATIONAL and CUTURAL
ACTIVITIES and INSTITUTIONS
- FOLKLORE, MYTHS AND LEGENDS, TALES, PROVERBS and SAYINGS
- HISTORIC PEOPLE, PLACES and EVENTS
Its accessible style, cross-references, subject-index and extensive
bibliography make THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAMAICAN HERITAGE the ideal
reference work for students, teachers, librarians, translators,
visitors, and others seeking an introduction to each topic as well as a
guide to further reading. For Jamaicans and other Caribbean people at
home and abroad, it will provide countless hours of amusement and
entertainment plus answers to the many questions about who we are.
The Encyclopedia is like a Bible, every school should have one.
JAMAICA LIBRARY SERVICE
The categories unfold like the landscapes of a familiar journey... This is the power of Jamaica's
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Impressively... the Encyclopedia relocates the Jamaican culture within historical time and as a
part of the region, a valuable corrective to images of the island as an undifferentiated fragment of the African diaspora.
The prose is easy to read and the information willingly absorbed.
Whether you are Jamaican or not it will provide hours of amusement and entertainment and
answer the many questions regarding Jamaicans and their culture.
WEST INDIAN TIMES
This carefully researched and lovingly compiled reference book contains almost everything
you can imagine about Jamaica.
... a labour of love filled with useful mini-essays accessibly written, nicely illustrated
and suitable for schools and public libraries as well as Caribbeanists everywhere.
NEW WEST INDIAN REVIEW
My friend, a Canadian of Jamaican descent, turned the pages ecstatically. He was like a
child with a new found treasure...
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
... like a treasure store that is visited, no matter how often, for each time we 'visit'
new things will emerge for our enjoyment and our education.
... all praise to its author and publisher for their high standard, not only for
the incredibly detailed content, but also the actual look and feel of the book...
WEEKLY GLEANER, UK
The encyclopedia is addictive.
... an invaluable sourcebook ...
JOURNAL OF COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE
As reference tool... provides answers to frequent questions asked by students, teachers and librarians.
NATIONAL LIBRARY NEWS
A 'compendium of riches...'
BWIA CARIBBEAN BEAT
... a sumptuous feast of facts, a tour de force ...
Once I got my hands on it, I couldn't put it down. Page after page, I didn't peruse, but absorbed.
... a treasure trove for all concerned with Jamaica and the culture of the Caribbean.
With stunning colour and black and white images, this encyclopedia documents the
diverse history that is not always written down...