Christina M. Giovas of Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
Dr Giovas provides indisputable evidence in her publication that the ancient Caribbean people were familiar with deer parts such as leg bones and went as far as to actually carve them to create the typical incised pattern designs we are all familiar with. She speculates on the possibility that some of those deer may even have been brought alive to the islands from the mainland. I can only assume that these deer may even have been brought as pets as well as for food. The ancient Taino could not hunt deer on the islands because there were no native wild deer but they could trade with Indigenous people living on the mainland for deer meat, or live deer or deer bones to carve.
Dr Giovas offers a glimpse at a portion of a deer jaw that has been exquisitely sculpted with Taino incised designs.
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