The Myth of Indigenous Caribbean Extinction: Continuity and Reclamation in Boriken (Puerto Rico) (BOK)
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One of the greatest myths ever told in Caribbean historiography is that the indigenous peoples who encountered a very lost Christopher Columbus are effectively "extinct." This book debunks that myth through the uncovering of historical, ethnographical, and census data. The author reveals extensive narratives of Jibaro Indian resistance and cultural continuity on the island of Boriken. Since the epistemological boundaries of the early history and literature had been written through colonial eyes, key fallacies have been passed down for centuries. Many stories have been kept within family histories having gone "underground" as the result of an abusive past. Whole communities of Jibaro people survive today.