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Organized by El Museo del Barrio in New York to coincide with a major exhibition, this is the first comprehensive English-language publication on the fascinating legacy of Taíno art and culture. Showcasing over one hundred rare and beautiful ceremonial and domestic artworks and individual masterpieces of this ancient culture -- produced in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, and the Bahamas between A.D. 1200 and 1500 -- Taíno includes examples of finely detailed and polished sculptures carved in wood, precious ornaments of shell and bone, and ceramics decorated with animals, birds, and intricate geometric motifs. The contributors include ten of the foremost scholars of pre-Columbian culture and art, and an appendix features writings from Spanish explorers who had contact with the Taíno.
Of Arawak descent, the Taíno -- whose ancestors migrated to the Caribbean from the Amazon Basin in South America during the sixth century -- were the first people encountered by Christopher Columbus. Although they ceased to exist as an autonomous society within sixty years of the arrival of Spanish colonizers, the Taíno -- skilled agriculturists and navigators and accomplished weavers, potters, and carvers -- developed a complex political, religious, and social system, and made a substantial contribution to the biological, cultural, and linguistic makeup of large areas of the Caribbean. To this date, Caribbean communities in the Antilles and in New York and other large American cities exhibit the survival of Taíno practices in their worldviews, religious beliefs, language, music, and food.
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Ricardo Alegría, director of the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe in San Juan, and José Arrom, professor emeritus of literature at Yale University, are the most outstanding scholars of the Taino.
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Book Description The Monacelli Press / El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, 1997. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition 1997, first printing, printed on the occasion of the exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, NYC September 1997-March 1998. Large softcover without DJ as issued. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, spine not creased, sharp corners, no edgewear, no markings of any kind, no names no underlinings no highlights, no bent page corners, not a reminder. Large 4to, 192 pages, profusely illustrated throughout with 129 color illustrations. Heavy book will require additional postage for international orders. Seller Inventory # 004585
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