We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples in the Caribbean
More is known about Christopher Columbus than about the Taíno peoples he encountered on the island Guanahaní in 1492. The Taíno, Arawak-speaking peoples found throughout the Spanish Caribbean, suffered greatly from colonization, enslavement, and disease, but they are still a vibrant presence there and beyond. This master class will be led by the curator of Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean, a new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center. It will examine Taíno history, culture, and identity as well as explore ways the Taíno people, both in the Caribbean and in the United States (including New York City), continue the rich legacy of their ancestors.
Ranald Woodaman is the Exhibitions and Public Programs Director at the Smithsonian Latino Center, where he has organized many exhibitions, including ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz; Posters from the Division of Community Education of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989; Central America’s Past Revealed; and, most recently, Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean. Woodaman also oversees the Latino DC History Project, leads exhibition planning for a future Latino gallery on the National Mall, and serves on the leadership committee of the Latino Network of the American Alliance of Museums. He is an active member of the planning committee of the annual DC History Conference, and a member of the executive committee of Smithsonian Music/Smithsonian Year of Music.