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Dr. Juan Martinez-Cruzado, of the University of Puerto Rico @ Mayaguez, presents the latest news on his ongoing research regarding Taino DNA.
Presented at the Smithsonian Latino Center's "Beyond Extinction: Consciousness of Taíno & Caribbean Indigeneity" symposium on August 26, 2011.
Text from the invitation: This symposium features scholars on Taíno and Caribbean
indigenous themes who will discuss the survival of Taíno language,
identity, and material culture in contemporary Caribbean consciousness.
Participants include archaeologist Osvaldo García Goyco, historian
Alejandro Hartmann Matos, and biologist Juan Carlos Martínez Cruzado. Roberto Borrero, president, United Confederation of Taíno People, will serve as respondent. Moderated by José Barreiro, director of the Office of Latin America at the National Museum of the American Indian.
This program is organized by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center and is supported by the Consortium for World Cultures, Smithsonian Institution.
The Taino people offered Columbus shoes decorated in Dominican amber in exchange for a necklace made of Baltic amber. Dominican amber is generally more transparent than that found in other parts of the world, it's also more likely to contain insects (the trade of which is regulated now by Dominican law), and it comes in rare colors, such as red, smoky green, and blue.
Our national motto ‘Out of Many One People’ is represented on it. It shows a male and female member of the Taino tribe standing on either side of a shield which bears a red cross with five golden pineapples.
The crest shows a Jamaican crocodile mounted on the Royal Helmet of the British Monarchy and mantling.
Considered as a legacy from the British with slight modifications, the Coat of Arms was granted to Jamaica 1661 under Royal Warrant.
The original was designed by William Sancroft, then Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Coat of Arms have undergone a number of changes since then, but it is perceived that the three main ones occurred in 1692, 1957 and 1962 respectively.
It may have been dispensed with, but the government and opposition then reached an agreement back decided that it constituted a "badge of great historical significance to the nation and should be retained".
All the figures on the coat of Arms represents Jamaica in different aspects:
The Pineapples - as the indigenous fruits.
The Tainos – as the first inhabitants of the country.
The Crocodile – as the indigenous reptile in the country and
The use of the Royal Helmet and Mantlings is a unique distinction accorded to Jamaica by the British.
originally posted by: Chamberf=6
a reply to: Spider879
I'm not sure about the rest of Caribbean Island people though.
The neighborhood with sooo many great restaurants in all Latin variations of food--we were sitting at a sidewalk table. Started talking to a Dominican, as time passed he mentioned the Tainos and said his grandmother claimed they were descendants.
And just from visiting Haiti, and much more the D.R. -- the mountains the fields the coasts, the jungle,( both on mountains and off) I truly believe there is a greater population than may be officially reported.
Hell, in one village on the side of a mountain, I helped (with only the knowledge I had from rewiring my old home) hook up a few structures with electricity. (Even then elec and water were only available a few hours a day) The food was NOT traditional Dominican. The way they showed me around the jungle and the mountain on the way up was sooo intimate with the land--they spoke of the large beast that jumps high in the trees.
I asked if any of them had seen it..no.
I don't know. I may be showing my ignorance even after spending about a total of 3 1/2 months over the years, and be coming off really offensive.
I don't mean to be.
I'm just trying to say that there are very old traditions in very rural areas that, to me, say it is not from a Spanish-Indian amalgam...geez even that sounds bad.
I hope you get what I mean.
ETA: If I get the chance and build up a little more to buy a place outright, I would move to the Dominican Republic in a heartbeat.