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The Tainos: Rise and Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus
When Columbus arrived in the Americas, the first people he encountered were the Tainos, inhabitants of the islands of the northern Caribbean Sea. In this book a noted archeologist and anthropologist tells the story of the Tainos from their ancestral days on the South American continent to their rapid decline after contact with the Spanish explorers. Drawing on archeologica ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 28th 1993 by Yale University Press
(first published April 22nd 1992)
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This book is one of those which was written in order to capitalize on the attention surrounding the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the New World , although this is not the sort of book that would appear to immediately appeal to a mass reading audience. This is not a fault of the book, which is an excellent book as a work on the archaeology of the Taino culture and a study of its origins as can be determined by linguistics and material remains. The book is an immens ...more
Nope. On so many levels this was bad. The fact that this book was; not only from Yale, but looked over by an editor shocks me. The citations were everywhere and so distracting. Random information was just thrown throughout this none of it makes sense. Honestly skimmed the second half of this book because it was so horrible.
The only thing that I like about this book is that it's briefly shown lying on the bed of the director character, Sebastian, in the movie "Even the Rain." That movie is an incredible representation of the opposing motives and concerns involved in any native vs. government relationship. We read about the Tainos and other natives who have been conquered or oppressed, or discriminated against like Puerto Ricans and Cubans etc. are today, and feel that they should be lifted up; yet the way we live o ...more
The first half of this was very informative and interesting. It talks about the Taino way of life and culture. How they lived, what they ate, strange religious customs, gods, and even tools they used. The last half grew dull. It went on too much about the pottery to hold my interest. I do, however, recommend it for anyone that wants to know more about the Tainos. Very little is really known about them and I found it helpful in that aspect.
A terrific study of the original people who lived on the island of Puerto Rico. It was listed in the bibliography of a sci-fi/fantasy book by Orson Scott Card "Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus," which is also a terrific book.