Same reason most of us pick "white" on those forms. We as a people don't consider ourselves "white" "black"
or "american indian". Me for example, I look white, but my dad and grandfathers were "black", my mom and grandmothers were "white". What am I?
Neither. Just puertorican. What is puertorican?----the mix between Spanish, African and Taino races and culture.
The census forms don't have a proper classification for us. Everybody just goes: "well, im lightskinned, so I'll pick white." Or "I'm
darkskinned, so I'll put black". A prope classification would be "Mestizo" or mixed. We are joined by tradition, customs, history and culture, not
race. That's why racism is almost non-existant here. Same goes for Cuba and Dominican Republic but not Haiti or Jamaica.
An interesting National Geographic documentary on Columbus' Cursed Colony (2011).
Rather cheaply made, but not without merits, the documentary follows archeological clues on the first colony in the New World at La Isabella in what
is today the Dominican Republic on historical Hispaniola.
Administered mainly by Columbus himself, the colony was founded in 1494, but didn't last very long.
It's demise remains speculative and unsolved.
The local Taino recorded their history in a cave, and sadly it ends with what clearly appears to be a drawing of a Spanish ship from the front.
For the Spanish it was a lost colony, but for the Taino it was the end of the world.
Here the explorers film the cave, from 8:00 into the clip.
The latest (2011) on Genetic Studies on Taino ancestry in Puerto Rico.
I didn't understand all the scientific jargon, and need some closer examination of the clip, but I gather a few interesting points.
- The American Indian genes are spread throughout the island fairly equally, both between white and African ancestral groups. The African and European
groups however show less regionally consistent admixture between each other.
- The group with the least admixture of either Europeans and Africans (and the highest Taino ancestry) is not found in the interior, but rather along
coastal regions, which conform to a landscape rich in fertile land, limestone and caves (and as has been suggested since the previous thread page, the
Taino probably saw caves as very significant).
- A question for further research concerns variants amongst Native American results, since the Dominican Republic variants seem different to those of
Puerto Rico, and despite cultural similarities, the Taino might regionally have come from different migrations.
It seems likely that the American Indian ancestry from this study may be largely specific to Puerto Rico, rather than a pan-Taino singular population
across the islands, although this will take further research to clarify.
I suppose added to this is a history of enslaving North American Indian peoples, and displacing them to the Caribbean, although I'm not sure how
significant this was in broad population figures.
Here is the clip description from YouTube, followed by the research presentation:
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.
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Interesting article from National Geographic magazine (2010).
Although it was thought that gold and silver were the obsession of the Conquistadors, recent finds in the Dominican Republic suggest that other
minerals were initially traded.
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.
None of the Indian tribes are extinct. All one has to do is take an autosomal or Y/MT DNA test.
Many cultures were just absorbed into the invading culture. When the conquistadors arrived from Spain they were not allowed to bring a woman unless
they were already married to that woman. Their only choice was to take a Native woman as a wife.
My father carries 35% Mayan and Columbian/Caribbean mixture and I carry 17.5% DNA tests confirmed and my father carries a MT dna haplogroup of A2k
from his mother indicating their entire direct female line was of Native origin. A2k is prominent in the Caribbean natives, Taino, Arawak, Carrib.
My father is from Costa Rica and when working on his mother side of the tree I found Spanish explorers coming from the Caribbean with Native wives
into Central America.
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