Taino Revival: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Identity and Cultural Politics

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Overview

"This stimulating and timely collection examines the Taino revival movement, a grassroots conglomeration of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos who promote or have adopted the culture and pedigree of the pre-Columbian Taino Indian population of Puerto Rico and the western Caribbean." "The Tainos became a symbol of Puerto Rican identity at the end of the 19th century, when local governments and nationalistic intellectuals began to appropriate the Tainos for the conception of a socially and racially balanced Puerto Rican society. Activists in the Puerto Rican diaspora revitalized this idea." Modern critics now claim that the Taino heritage has been canonized through state-sponsored institutions, such as festivals, museums, and textbooks, at the expense of blacks. In the past, officials, alarmed at the black majorities on the other Caribbean Islands, tried to "whiten" Puerto Rican society by calling all people of color Tainos. Others complain that the Taino revival lost its fervor, evolving from an anti-colonialist movement to a mere fashionable trend. Still the Taino heritage remains a central part of Puerto Rican Identity in the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558762589
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction. Competing Identities: Taino Revivalism and other Ethno-racial Identity Movements among Puerto Ricans and other Caribbean Latinos in the United States, 1980-present 1
2 Local/Diasporic Tainos: Towards a Cultural Politics of Memory, Reality and Imagery 33
3 Making Indians Out of Blacks: The Revitalization of Taino Identity in Contemporary Puerto Rico 55
4 What's in a name, an Indian name? 83
5 The Indians are coming! The Indians are coming!: The Taino and Puerto Rican Identity 101
6 Rethinking Taino: A Taino Perspective 139
Contributors 161
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