Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary Caribbean: Amerindian Survival and Revival

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Maximilian Christian Forte
Peter Lang, 2006 - History - 298 pages
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Views of the modern Caribbean have been constructed by a fiction of the absent aboriginal. Yet, all across the Caribbean Basin, individuals and communities are reasserting their identities as indigenous peoples, from Carib communities in the Lesser Antilles, the Garifuna of Central America, and the Taíno of the Greater Antilles, to members of the Caribbean diaspora. Far from extinction, or permanent marginality, the region is witnessing a resurgence of native identification and organization. This is the only volume to date that focuses concerted attention on a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. Territories covered include Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Guyana, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Puerto Rican diaspora. Writing from a range of contemporary perspectives on indigenous presence, identities, the struggle for rights, relations with the nation-state, and globalization, fourteen scholars, including four indigenous representatives, contribute to this unique testament to cultural survival. This book will be indispensable to students of Caribbean history and anthropology, indigenous studies, ethnicity, and globalization.

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List of Figures ix
Contemporary Paths of Survival
Articulating Indigenous Identities and Spaces in
Chapter Five Land Ownership and the Construction
Indigenous Rights International Conventions
Modern Incorporations and Challenges
French Amerindians
The Transnationalization of Caribbean
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The Editor: Maximilian C. Forte is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Adelaide, Australia. In addition to articles in several journals, he is the author of Ruins of Absence, Presence of Caribs: (Post)Colonial Representations of Aboriginality in Trinidad and Tobago (2005). He serves as the current and founding editor of the Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink ( and KACIKE: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology (

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