AAA Annual Meeting Program

AAA Annual Meeting Program Details


View Session Details
Paper Information:
Type: Paper
Paper Title: IN SEARCH OF THE CARIB: CONFLICTING PERSPECTICES IN ETHNOHISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
Author: STEVE LENIK (Syracuse University)   
Date/Time: Wed., 8:00 PM
Co-Author(s): STEVE LENIK (Syracuse University) 
Abstract: From the first voyages of Columbus native peoples in the Caribbean islands and parts of northeastern South America who resisted European colonization were labeled as Carib, who were perceived as a warlike people who raided the “peaceful” natives of the Greater Antilles to steal women for wives and to practice cannibalism on the men that they killed. French colonists in the 17th century recorded origin myths of the Carib, or Kalinago in their native language, which stated that this people had migrated from South America. Although recent critiques have shown that this European assessment of native Caribbean ethnicities is simplistic, the Carib colonial category has obscured much variability which is apparent after a critical reading of historical, linguistic, and archaeological data. Colonial period maps and ethnohistoric accounts from the island of Dominica describe Carib settlement locations and list some of the material goods that they possessed. Archaeological data from four sites on Dominica’s north coast reveal that Carib sites in this area could function as trading sites, observation posts, or refuges. Absent from the findings are trade goods which historical accounts indicated might be present. This disjuncture between ethnohistory and archaeology complicates the use of historical sources about the Carib, and suggests that decolonizing this identity requires analysis of the complexity and variability of different forms of data.

Program Number: 1-0760
Session Title: MATERIALITY OF THE SLIPSTREAM: DEEPENING HISTORICAL ANTHROPOLOGIES OF THE CIRCUM-CARIBBEAN AND GULF COAST
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Wed., 8:00 PM-9:45 PM
Organizer(s): ROB MANN (Louisiana State University), MARK REES (University of Louisiana-Lafayette) 
Chair(s): MARK REES (University of Louisiana-Lafayette)  
View Session Details


Schedule-at-a-Glance

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the AAA Meetings Department at aaameetings@aaanet.org.