The transcendence What was left? The end

The tendency to consciously or unconsciously consider the beginnings of Caribbean history after the arrival of Europeans is still common in some academic and popular areas. 

This idea is generally based on an ignorance of the indigenous history prior to that event, and the absence of a strong indigenous population in the Caribbean today. Both factors have contributed to generate a limited, and sometimes null, vision of the contribution of these human groups to the history and culture of the region. This has also helped to blur the traces of the pre-Columbian past in Caribbean cultures, almost always referring to the mere presence of elements of material culture, words, techniques, types of cultivation, forms of housing, etc., perceived as irremovable filiations or cloistered of a culture.

It is evident that there is a close relationship between the recognition of the pre-Columbian history of the Caribbean, the knowledge of the dynamics that led to the formation and development of the Taíno and the subsequent history of this human space. While it is true that in the history of the Caribbean and the formation of their current cultures have played an important role migrations of people from different parts of the world, this process did not begin with the arrival of Christopher Columbus, and these successive waves settled on a foundation, consolidated foundations as a result of complex and centennial processes that took place in the context of the islands: the cultural mosaic of the tainity.

The so-called decline of these cultures, caused by colonization, has not meant their total disappearance. Many of its elements or contributions are present in the current Caribbean culture, and many came to us through the colonizers themselves, who had to adopt them to solve specific needs of a natural context for which they were not prepared, or through the African slaves who were brought in to replace the lack of indigenous labor, once these began to disappear physically. It is fair to think then that a significant number of the customs and practices of those men and women are unrecognizable in our reality, but they are there, forming part of what we can now call Caribbean culture.

Taken from the book Treasures of Taino Art.

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