Tainos:  Yesterday, Today and in the Future

Taínos: Yesterday, Today, & in the Future


Event Details

Monday, November 20, 2023


Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

154 Hicks Way

Amherst MA 01003


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Isabel Espinal

W. E. B. Du Bois Library



Join us in a special presentation about Taíno survival and continuance by two Taíno leaders, Jorge Baracutay Estevez and Valerie Tureiyari Vargas. 

Taínos, inhabitants of Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, were the first Native American people to experience, as well as resist, European colonization beginning in 1492 and continuing to this day. Yet many of us were taught that Taínos became extinct. Knowledge about Taíno culture survived and in some places thrived, but it was also constantly threatened by violence, the myth of extinction, and policies of physical genocide as well as “paper genocide.” 

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