Sunday, July 11, 2010
The Arawak People
According to Wikipedia (a site I use way to often) "The Taínos were pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and the northern Lesser Antilles. It is believed that the seafaring Taínos are relatives of the Arawakan people of South America. Their language is a member of the Maipurean linguistic family, which ranges from South America across the Caribbean."
The taino people belonged to the arawak tribe. Some scientest belive that the tainos themselves come from the center of the amazon basin."Evidence that supports this theory includes the tracing of the ancestral cultures of these people to the Orinoco
Betrayl,Mistreatment,Resentment,Baffled,Savage,Violent. Those words to me are understatments as far as being able to describe how the tainos were treated when good ol COLumbus came to the caribbean. My ancestores and desendants were violated,raped,robbed and litterally almost exterminated. This spesific blog is dedicated for those brave indians of the carribean who did survive. And guess what columbus, were still here. Alot of people like to belive that the tainos culture,race, doesnt even exist. But i'll tell you this isnt true. With good reason people are calling this culture exsticnt.
October 12,1942 was the very first time the europeans have had an encounter with the indians. Columbus had this genious idea to enslave the tainos on thier own land and savagly treat the indians like animals. The decline of taions sharply fell do to suicide,murder,lack of food,harsh labor conditions. supposidtly 80 to 90 percent of the indians died.
Antonio de Moya, a Dominican educator, wrote in 1993, "the [Indian] genocide is the big lie of our history... the Dominican Taínos continue to live, 500 years after European contact."
Im proud to say that I still honor the Native Indians that survived and changed our culture till this day. I see it all the time in my community of proud hispanics. A strict reminder that coulumbus didnt kill us all. The foods we eat, the music we listen to, and our beautifull language is a constant reminder that echos thier exesistence. So latinos..stand strong, stand proud, STAND BEAUTIFUL!