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The Myth of Indigenous Caribbean Extinction

Continuity and Reclamation in Borikén (Puerto Rico)

The Myth of Indigenous Caribbean Extinction by Tony Castanha
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One of the greatest myths ever told in Caribbean historiography is that the indigenous peoples who encountered a very lost Christopher Columbus are "extinct." This book debunks that myth through the uncovering of historical, ethnographical, and census data. The author reveals extensive narratives of Jíbaro Indian resistance and cultural continuity on the island of Borikén. Since the epistemological boundaries of the early history and literature had been written through colonial eyes, key fallacies have been passed down for centuries. Many stories have been kept within family histories having gone "underground" as the result of an abusive past. Whole communities of Jíbaro people survive today.

Palgrave Macmillan; January 2011
201 pages; ISBN 9780230116405
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Title: The Myth of Indigenous Caribbean Extinction
Author: Tony Castanha