Focusing on the history of the Arima Mission in the Island of Trinidad, ostensibly a mission for Indigenous people, the documentary below features what was learned from the baptismal registers of the Mission of Santa Rosa de Arima—in conjunction with historical texts, government documents, and official memoranda and reports of the time. What we encounter are four main “myths,” or working fictions: 1) the myth that the Mission was for Indians alone; 2) the myth of…
Added by Maximilian Forte on February 14, 2020 at 9:50pm —
|A view out toward the sea, from the beach at the end…
Added by Maximilian Forte on October 13, 2019 at 10:22pm —
Was the Arima Mission an “Indian Mission”? For what purposes, and in whose interests, was the Arima Mission established? How many Indigenous people lived in the Arima Mission, and in Trinidad as a whole? Who counted them? How were they counted, and why? Why did…
Added by Maximilian Forte on October 13, 2019 at 6:02pm —
Arima Born: Revealing the History of Arima and its Mission through the Catholic Church’s Baptismal Registers, 1820–1916
The Catholic Mission of Santa Rosa is something that helped to make Arima a distinctive town in Trinidad, accounting for nearly half of the Amerindian population of the colony in the 1800s. The baptismal registers of the Catholic Church in Arima, including…
Added by Maximilian Forte on October 1, 2019 at 12:26am —
So far July has proven to be an exceptionally busy month of posting on the Review of the Indigenous Caribbean. In case you missed any of these, here is the list so far:
- New Carib Queen Elected in Trinidad: Jennifer Cassar…
Added by Maximilian Forte on July 4, 2011 at 9:53pm —
The late Carib queen, Valentina Assing Medina, had three wishes. They were granted. Paying tribute to Medina, her daughter Loretta Medina-Grant said, “She wanted a pink rose in her hair. She also asked to see several people including Senator (Penny) Beckles (who read her eulogy), and Councillor Metevier. She especially asked for Msgr Christian Perreira to do her service.” The celebration and thanksgiving for the life of Medina, fondly known as Mavis, took place at the Santa Rosa RC Church,… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on May 16, 2011 at 10:38pm —
Rock art specialists from around North America have finally solved this century old archaeological riddle. The stone slab is evidence that native peoples from Puerto Rico or Cuba once lived within the interior of Eastern North America.
One day, long before Christopher Columbus claimed to have landed on the eastern edge of Asia, a forgotten people cut steps in the rocks leading up a steep bluff near the Chattahoochee River in the northwest section of the State of Georgia. They carved… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on May 3, 2011 at 2:54pm —
The resilience of Carib identity, in places such as Trinidad & Tobago, is something remarkable, not to mention the renewal, resurgence, and social revalidation of this identity. This resilience is remarkable not only when one considers a consistent pattern of European colonial military onslaughts, enslavement, expropriation of lands, and social marginalization, but also the cultural stigma histroically attached to Caribness, such that even surviving… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on May 1, 2011 at 1:13am —
By Leiselle Maraj Monday, April 25 2011
Published in Newsday
Carib Queen Valentina Medina passed away at her home on Saturday after battling cancer for the past three years. She was 77 years old.
She has been the Carib Queen of the community in Santa Rosa for the past ten years. May 6 this year would have been her 78th birthday and marked her 11th year as Queen.
Medina’s daughter,… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on April 25, 2011 at 12:28am —
I don't know if any of you have read about this -- see this message from the NING directors: http://creators.ning.com/forum/topics/ning-update
-- but it looks like if we don't pay NING, this network will be shut down, and everything created here, all of the information shared, will be lost for good.
As the person who set up the network early in 2008, as an alternative to something else that was then… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on April 18, 2010 at 4:06am —
If you get a chance, please see:
and kindly leave a comment there if you wish.
Added by Maximilian Forte on October 24, 2009 at 7:51pm —
As of 16 June 2009, I am no longer the network administrator, a position one occupies when you found a network on NING. When one establishes a network, even those you invite to serve as co-administrators still have fewer "privileges" than the founder, who can remove them all at any time. For several months that has been the situation with ICN, as Nanu, Orocobia, and Carrie joined me in administering the site.
Given many competing duties and interests, and the fact that there was no… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on June 18, 2009 at 11:00pm —
James Petras, in an essay that is being widely reproduced across the web (as it will be here as well), articulates a series of critical points regarding the nature of the Peruvian regime, the political history of President Alan García (… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on June 14, 2009 at 2:31am —
‘Peruvian Indians are being driven to desperate measures to try and save their lands which have been stolen from them for five centuries.
‘Their protests signal that the colonial era has finally drawn to a close. No longer are Amazon Indians prepared to put up with the illegal and brutal treatment which has been routine. That’s finished. This is the…
Added by Maximilian Forte on June 14, 2009 at 2:30am —
Bolivians back new, pro-indigenous constitution
AP, January 25, 2009
LA PAZ, Bolivia – Bolivian voters embraced a new constitution Sunday that promises more power for the poor indigenous majority and grants leftist President Evo Morales a shot at remaining in office through 2014.
But the charter's low support in Bolivia's lowland east — which controls much of the nation's wealth and fiercely opposes Morales' plans to empower long-suffering highland… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on January 25, 2009 at 11:49pm —
You Are on Indian Land
Mort Ransen, 1969, 36 min 48 s
The film shows the confrontation between police and a 1969 demonstration by Mohawks of the St. Regis Reserve on the bridge between Canada and the United States near Cornwall, Ontario. By blocking traffic on the bridge, which is on the Reserve, the Indians drew public attention to their grievance that they were prohibited by Canadian authorities from duty-free passage of personal purchases across the border,… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on January 22, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance
Alanis Obomsawin, 1993, 119 min 15 s
On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on January 22, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Just to state the obvious, this network has a new chat function. The previous chat room, which was external to the network, has been closed. Luckily, we now have a solution that appears to be better than all previous attempts.
The settings for this network have now been set to private. Exchanges can longer be freely seen by anyone on the Internet, nor searched and cached by entities like Google. Initially, the openness of the network was to allow others to benefit from the many… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on January 21, 2009 at 12:24pm —
It would seem that at least one person is not happy with my work with this network, and issues of "ownership" have been raised. As with the Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink, and Kacike, I have been actively seeking to transfer these resources. The proof of the latter facts is to be found within the Groups in this network by the way, specifically:…
Added by Maximilian Forte on January 20, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Dear Network Members,
as the site administrator it was never my intention to moderate discussions, nor monitor every utterance for any possible inappropriate or offensive statement, as I considered that rude, intrusive, and presumptuous.
At the urging of now more than a few dozen members, I have been asked that at least a rudimentary code of conduct be established. Of greatest concern, that is, the concerns that repeated themselves across what were 37 messages at last… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on January 20, 2009 at 12:00am —