I'm an archaeologist obsessed with archaeology, the Caribbean and everything Taino.
PhD Anthropology - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2006 - present)
MPhil Archaeology - University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK (2000)
BA History & Archaeology - University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, W.I. (1998)
Taino archaeology, Rock Art and Taino-Hispanic and Taino-African/Maroon interaction
Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Archaeological Society of Jamaica (ASJ)
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As a matter of fact Lesley - Gail, I am taking the semester off and I am currently in Jamaica, I see from your profile info that you have a substantial amount of experience in the study of Jamaican Tainos and Maroons. Could you please refer me to any centers in Jamaica that are suited for genealogical research.
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Lesly very true, Just like in kiskeya and the other island were we have been saying we still here. We sounded like a broken record. But even though the numbers are low. Originaly I think they thought is was going to be lower just for the fact that only few of us were saying we are tainos. So when 15% of the dominican population came out people were stunnded. Cause many who did know it, now threw there test found out. So yes the numbers are low. But I suspect that in jamica it could more or less be the same.
I mean I read your profile. You taino ancestory could be the force behind your research and you just dont it. But with that said taino diffenlty is one of the more influnetial native americna. There culutre, language did remain in places in where there are no taino deccendants too. Let along in the mountains are of kiskeya.
Lesly, you know I have heard that. But I still think there must be folks. That must have ameridian ancestory. Keep in mind that in boriken aks puerto rico, cuba, Kiskeya aka dominican rep. My kiskeya. We have been saying that we are taino for centurys. But they kept the myth alive. Now we have proven ourselves with all these silly test. Yes, kiskeya the numbers are small. But we still here. Poeple who didnt even know they were indians found out cause of these test. I was lucky I was raised knowing my ancestry. I am sure in jaimica there must be the same thing. Maybe a small comunity. Also you my be under the impression that you dont have ameridian ancestry. For all we know you do? But again I am not jamaican so I dont know. Does anybody in jamica done what I just described abouve with the three islands? I asked cuase I have always been curios. I have jamaican friend who tell me no. But its just a bit hard to belive that no amerian blood survied not even 1%. You know what I mean?