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Contested Caribbean Indigeneity

MON, MARCH 25 | LUNES, 25 DE MARZO | Friedl 107. Duke East Campus. 5:30 pm.

Followed by reception. 6:30 pm. Friedl Building Lobby.

A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity: Language, Social Practice, and Identity within Puerto Rican Taíno Activism. Dr. Sherina Feliciano-Santos. University of Michigan.

A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity is an in-depth analysis of the debates surrounding Taíno/Boricua activism in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean diaspora in New York City. Drawing on in-depth ethnographic research, media analysis, and historical documents, the book explores the varied experiences and motivations of Taíno/Boricua activists and the alternative fonts of authority they draw on to claim what is commonly considered an extinct ethnic category. It explores the historical and interactional challenges of claiming membership in what is an impossible affiliation for many Puerto Ricans. In focusing on Taíno/Boricua activism, the book aims to identify a critical space from which to analyze and decolonize ethno-racial ideologies of Puerto Ricanness, issues of class and education, Puerto Rican nationalism and colonialism, as well as essential questions regarding narrative, historical memory, and belonging.

Dr. Sherina Feliciano-Santos. Associate Professor, Anthropology. University of Michigan.

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