Mixed-blood native american (Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw) from Alabama. I have lived in Puerto Rico for 28 years and am currently a Professor at Universidad Interamericana Metropolitana in San Juan, PR. My professional research consists of finding connections between the indigenous of the Caribbean and the tribes of the indigenous southeastern United States.
- Professional Diploma - Music Produciton and Audio Engineering: Berklee College of Music; Boston, MA (1986) (Master's engineering degree - High Honorable).
-BA Elementary Education (ESL): InterAmerican University; Barranquitas, PR (1998). Magna Cum Laude
- MA English Literature (Victorian Poetry and The Novel); Rio Piedras: University of Puerto Rico (2004). Magna Cum Laude
- PhD The Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Anglophone Caribbean . Rio Piedras: University of Puerto Rico (2016). Paso Sobresaliente.
My current research focuses on connections between the indigenous tribes
of the southeastern United States and those of the Indigenous Caribbean.
Ave Atque Vale: The Influence of Charles Baudelaire on the Poetry of A.C. Swinburne. UP Puerto Rico, 2004.
PhD Dissertation : ~Mabuika – Tau~ Survival, Resistance and Resurgence: Contemporary Indigenous Identity and Representation in the Caribbean. ProQuest, 2016.
“Georgia Connections: possible Caribbean indigenous presence and influence on the Native American confederacies of the southeastern United States.” Positive Interferences: Unsettling Resonances in the study of the languages, literatures and cultures of the Greater Caribbean and beyond. Volume 2. Ed.s Faraclas, N., R. Severing, C. Weijer, E. Echteld, w. Rutgers, S. Delgado. Wilemstad, Curacao: University of Curacao, 2019.
“Reseña de Homenaje a las guerreras/Homage to the Warrior Women by Peggy Robles- Alvarado.” Enfocas Críticos. Diferencias. San Juan: CIIEG
Inter Metro, 2018.
“From Bacoo to Bohpoli: Amerindian Elements Found in the Folklore of Barbados and the Anglophone Caribbean.” Memories of Caribbean futures: Reclaiming the Pre-colonial to Imagine a Post-colonial in the Languages and Cultures of the Greater Caribbean and Beyond. Vol. I. Eds. Faraclas, N., R. Severing, C. Weijer, E. Echteld, W. Rutgers and R. Dupey. Wilemstad, Curacao: University of Curacao, 2017. 145-150.
“Wendigo, Canaima, Caníbal: A Journey into the World of Amerindian Shape-Shifting.” Double Voicing and Multiplex Identities: Unpacking Hegemonic and Subaltern Discourses in the Caribbean. ED. Nicholas Faraclas, Ronald Severing, Christa Weijer, Elisabeth Echteld, Marsha Hinds-Layne. Willemstad, Curacao: FPI & Universidat de Korsou, 2012. 445-49.
“A Literary Journey – The Caribs of Dominica: Survival, Resistance and Resurgence.” Sargasso: 25 Interviews of Celebrating Caribbean Voices: 2010-2011- Special Issue. San Juan: Sargasso & Editorial Tiempo Nuevo, 2011. 36-48. (interviews with former Chiefs Garnette Joseph and Irvince Augiste)
“The Moon Has A Dirty Face: An Exploration into the Migration of an Amerindian Origin Myth.” Anansi’s Defiant Webs: Contact, Continuity, Convergence, and Complexity in the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Greater Caribbean. ED. Nicholas Faraclas, Ronald Severing, Christa Weijer, Elisabeth Echteld, Marsha Hinds-Layne. Willemstad,Curacao: FPI & Universidat de Korsou, 2011. 337-45.
“Survival, Resistance and Resurgence: Reclaiming Our Own ‘Utterances’.” In A Sea of Hetroglossia: Pluri-Lingualism, Pluri-Culturalism, and Pluri-Identification in the Caribbean. Ed. Nicholas Faraclas, Ronald Severing, Christa Weijer, Elisabeth Echteld, Marsha Hinds-Layne, Elena Lawton de Torruella. Curacao: FPI & UNA, 2010. 369-75.
Virtual Caribbean Library - Special Collections: Lost Voices Forgotten Voyages: The Indigenous Caribbean
Hello!Would you join us at my page discussion on DNA?-the latest study should have everybody talking,but I don't hear them!!-well,I this is so interesting as it implys that there are MUCH more Haplogroup "A"s than C",which is the predominant where Caribbean Indians originate from!-type "A" is EASTERN U.S.,Mexico! Thanks,Frank AkuTurey
Hi Melinda, although I am tempted to call you Maxx--the question of American Indian slaves exported to the Caribbean is one that I have been interested in a for a long time, but lack the resources to do a really serious study which would take years. Otherwise, there is plenty scattered about in various archives in the US, esp. in connection with King Phillips War. Also, on the CAC there is a paper on American Indians exported to Barbados. There are Seminole descendants in the Bahamas and a book was recently published on that--I think this was also advertised on The CAC Review and I have a very much overdue review to write about it. So there is some published information. Also, there is a Louisiana online archive that documents indigenous Caribbean slaves imported into the US, the opposite direction, and again that is mentioned early on in The CAC Review.
hello there. i am a vincentian living abroad the last 23 yrs. i grew up in the US. never taken the time to study svg history in detail. always wanted to write a history book for young kids back home. what's out there? where has your research taken you? i was born in barrouallie. you been there?
Melinda, I was wondering if you could help me with one question, and it's your profile above that reminded me. The last US Census showed something like 12,000 people in Puerto Rico checking the "American Indian" (or is "Native American"?) box on their census returns. I was wondering if this meant that 12,000 people migrated to Puerto Rico from the mainland, and are American Indians, or whether it means that Puerto Ricans are identifying as American Indian in the absence of a "Taino" category. Can there really be that many American Indian persons who moved to Puerto Rico?
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