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Taino Culture


Definition: The Taino people were one of the cultures in the Caribbean that had the misfortune to meet Christopher Columbus when he landed in the late 15th century and so suffered great population losses with newly imported diseases, among other depredations caused by the European colonials in many places throughout the New World.

Archaeologists identify Taino culture artifacts extending back as far as AD 800 throughout the Greater Antilles, and surmise the culture was a loosely confederated organization of hundreds of villages. May be related to the Arawakan culture of coastal South America. The Taino are still alive and kicking today, despite the adversity of Euroamerican settlement.


Ferber, P.J. 2002. Not Everyone Who Speaks Spanish is from Spain: Taíno Survival in the 21st Century Dominican Republic. Kacike

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.

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