The Peoples of the Caribbean: An Encyclopedia of Archaeology and Traditional Culture

October 30, 2020
The Peoples of the Caribbean: An Encyclopedia of Archaeology and Traditional Culture

In The Peoples of the Caribbean, archaeologist NicholasJ. Saunders assembles for the first time a comprehensive sourcebookon the archaeology, folklore, and mythology of the entire region,charting a story 7,000 years in the making. Drawing on decades ofstudy in the Caribbean and South America, Saunders exploreslandmark archaeological sites, such as Caguana in Puerto Rico, withits ceremonial architecture and ballcourts, and plantation sites,such as Jamaica's Drax Hall.The author dives into the underwater archaeology of Spanishtreasure galleons and untangles stories of cannibalism, zombies,and hallucinogenic snuffing rituals. He examines the impact of keyEuropeans, such as Christopher Columbus, and introduces readers tothe native people, such as the Arawak, who welcomed them. Bringingthe story up-to-date, Saunders chronicles the struggle of theindigenous people, from the Caribs of Dominica to the Taíno of theDominican Republic, trying to reclaim and revitalize theirhistorical cultural identity.https://products.abc-clio.com/abc-cliocorporate/product.aspx?pc=A1512C