Ethnohistory and Archaeology of the Caribbean
Anthropology 384M (26575) Prof. Samuel M. Wilson
Fall 1998 EPS 2.140 (471-0057)
Mon. 31-Aug Overview of the Course - objectives and strategies
07-Sep Labor Day - no class
There is a presentation called "Introducing the Benson Latin American Collection" at the Benson Library on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 7th and 8th, at 3:00 p.m. in Sid Richardson Hall 1.115. If you're not familiar with this fantastic library (and perhaps even if you are...) you should try to go.
14-Sep Early colonization of the Caribbean, 3000 to 1000 B.C.; Caribbean environments and adaptations
- Rouse, Tainos, Preface and Chaps. 1-3.
- Introduction, from Indigenous People.
21-Sep The Saladoid Migration - processes of colonization; terrestrial economics in the Antilles; encounters between Archaic populations and Saladoid migrants
- Rouse, Chapter 4,
- Indigenous People, Part 3 (chaps. 7-11)
28-Sep The emergence of complex societies in the Greater Antilles
- Rouse, Chapter 5
- Wilson, introduction from Hispaniola (1990)
05-Oct Taíno societies
- Part 4 (Chapters 12 -17) from Indigenous People
12-Oct the conquest of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and Cuba; reading Taíno culture from documents; combining the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Taíno; Island Caribs at the time of the Taíno fluorescence.
- Excerpt from Diario of Columbus
- Excerpt from Peter Martyr, Decades.
- Wilson, Chapter 4 from Hispaniola
19-Oct no class [project report due]
26-Oct The Island Caribs: archaeology & history; the anthropological "problems" of the Island Caribs - identity, continuity, cannibalism, etc. [final project plan due]
- Whitehead, Introduction from Wolves from the Sea
- Jalil Sued Badillo, "The Island Caribs," from Wolves from the Sea
- Allaire, chapter 18, from Indigenous People
02-Nov The island Caribs: history & ethnography; The legacy of the island Caribs, and their interactions with African people. Cultural pluralism in the islands.
- Introduction and Parts 1 and 2, from Wild Majesty: Encounters with Caribs from Columbus to the Present Day. Please go through each of the papers fairly quickly, trying to understand their basic position and perspective on the Island Caribs. In class we will compare these perspectives.
- Wilson, "Cultural Mosaic" Proceedings of the British Academy.
09-Nov A short course in Caribbean Colonial history; Spanish, English, French, and Dutch colonial strategies in the Caribbean
- READINGS: From here on to be announced
16-Nov emerging African-Caribbean identity -- three views:
Spanish Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Cuba
23-Nov French: Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe
English: Barbados, Jamaica, Bahamas
30-Nov Final topics. Caribbean history, sugar-free. Indigenous people in the colonized Caribbean.
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