It’s only been two months since my last digest, hurray! /sarcasm
Last year on what has been known as Columbus Day, and what is now Indigenous Peoples’ Day, I created a short Twitter moment about the Taino, who were the first inhabitants of Puerto Rico. I’ve decided to add all of those links to a more permanent and easily found space, plus some new ones I’ve come across this year.
Who were the Taino?
- If you’re feeling ambitious, take a look at this genetic study: “Origins and genetic legacies of the Caribbean Taino”.
- For a longer historical narrative, read this one: “Taino History Puerto Rico”.
What did Columbus orchestrate when he encountered the Taino?
- A very short summary from Yale Genocide Studies alludes to Columbus’ impact.
- Here’s a summary of Columbus’ encounter with island natives in general: “Here’s the real story of Columbus that people prefer to ignore”.
- Smithsonian Magazine published an excellent article exploring Taino heritage in 2011. If you can’t read anything else, read this one: “What Became of the Taíno?”.
Where are the Taino now?
- From National Geographic: “Meet the survivors of a ‘paper genocide’”
- From The Atlantic: “How Ancient DNA Can Help Recast Colonial History”
- Last, but not least, some interesting historical and archaeological/anthropological developments: “Dismissed as fakes for a century, enigmatic Puerto Rican stones could rewrite history”.
I hope this little collection of sources will serve you well! If you have anything to add, please let me know.