|Smithsonian Talks Taino Beyond “Extinction”|
|Monday, 09 July 2012|
Washington DC (UCTP Taino News) - The second workshop focusing on Taíno and Caribbean Indigenous “consciousness” opened today at the Smithsonian’s National Museum on the American Indian in Washington DC. Well-respected scholars and activists from diverse disciplines around the Caribbean and Diaspora will meet though the week to further discuss various Taíno and Caribbean indigenous themes as well as plans for a proposed exhibition in 2016.
Participants include Dr. Joseph Palacio (University of the West Indies), Dr. Juan Martínez Cruzado (University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez), Dr. Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique (Independent Scholar, Haiti), Lesley-Gail Atkinson (Jamaica National Heritage Trust), Alejandro Hartmann (Museo Matachín de Baracoa), Dr. José Barreiro (National Museum of the American Indian), Dr. Lynne Guitar (Independent Scholar, Dominican Republic), Dr. Juan Manuel Delgado Colon (Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe), Jorge Estevez (National Museum of the American Indian), Ariel Boinayel Mota (Filmmaker, Dominican Republic), Clennis Tavarez Maria (Museo del Hombre Dominicano), Dr. Jose Antonio Garcia Molina (Independent Scholar, Cuba), Alejandro Hartmann Matos (Museo de Matachin, Cuba), Dr. Osvaldo García Goyco (Jardín Botánico, Puerto Rico), Alex Zacarias (Filmmaker, Puerto Rico), and Roberto Mukaro Borrero (United Confederation of Taíno People).
The program is a collaboration between the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Latino Center, and will culminate on Friday, July 13 with a free public symposium from 2-5pm.