Very timely! The assertion of extinction had been maintained also deliberately for geopolitical purposes and many U.S. "experts" became accomplices. (Remember that some Native Americans on the East Coast were deliberately classified as "colored" to deprive them along with African-Americans of the "citizens' rights" reserved for Caucasians until the 1960's.) In Puerto Rico today are thousands of "boricuas" who represent the "Indian" phenotype and who would flawlessly accepted as "indigena" in indigenous communities in South America, Mexico or Central America. Even in the Dominican Republic, a small number of "quisqueyanos" represent completely the Arawak phenotype of those Lucayas whom Columbus first met on Guanahy Island 1492. And it needs to be understood - no deliberate "ethnic" apartheid has existed between those of "Indian" phenotype and the general populations on the three large Antilles. But the "Indian" heritage also left its permanent imprint on other islands in the Caribbean. Colin Powel, whose parents were Jamaicans, writes that his ancestors where Africans, Irish and Indians. On the island of Dominica still exists an autonomous reservation of "Caribe" another branch of the Arawak -who like the "Tainos" are believed to have arrived in the Caribbean from Venezuela about 1000 years ago. It is important to know, that other indigenous "Indian" ethnic groups migrated to the Caribbean and had settled in the Caribbean before the arrival of the Arawak from South America. Arawak still occupy a central sector of South America reaching from the north coast down to Argentina.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 16:40