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Please note: This directory is not exhaustive as only those researchers who volunteer entries about themselves are included here. The directory is also not complete at any given point in time, as it is constantly being updated. Entries are in alphabetical order, by surname. Entries are also not consistent in the type of information that they provide as they cater specifically to the information volunteered by any given researcher. Should you wish to add an entry, or revise your current entry, please contact the CAC editor in charge of this page at: To add an entry you should consider using our specialised ENTRY FORM. See other researchers listed as authors of online papers in Issues in Caribbean Amerindian Studies and/or KACIKE: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology.

Current Listing by Surname:
Boomert - Bulkan - Carrico - de Terville - de Waal - Dorst - Durbrow - Eklund - Espenshade - Ferbel - Forte - Guitar - Gullick - Hale Gallardo - Hulme - Kaye - Kraan - Melendez - Nieweg - Pagán-Jiménez - Provost -
Reid - Rodriguez - Sanchez - Seidemann - Siegel  - Torres - Torres Rivera - Vautier - Whitehead - Wilson

Current Listing by Researcher's Home Location:
Canada (Forte, Provost)
Dominican Republic (Guitar)
Guyana (Bulkan)
Mexico (Pagán-Jiménez)
The Netherlands (Boomert, de Waal, Dorst, Kraan, Nieweg, Vautier)
Puerto Rico (Melendez, Rodriguez)
St. Lucia (de Terville)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Eklund)
Trinidad and Tobago (
United Kingdom (Gullick, Hulme, Kaye)
United States of America (Carrico, Eklund, Espenshade, Ferbel, Hale Gallardo, Seidemann, Siegel, Torres, Torres Rivera, Whitehead, Wilson)
Venezuela (Sanchez)

Current Listing by Geographic Area of Interest:
Cuba (Dorst, Ferbel, Hale Gallardo, Kaye)
Curaçao (Vautier)
Dominica (Forte, Hulme)
Dominican Republic (Ferbel, Guitar)
Guadeloupe (de Waal, Dorst, Kraan, Nieweg)
Guyana (Boomert, Carrico, Bulkan, Sanchez, Whitehead)
Nevis (Wilson)
Puerto Rico (Dorst, Espenshade, Melendez, Pagán-Jiménez, Rodriguez, Siegel, Torres)
St. Lucia (de Terville, de Waal)
St. Martin (de Waal)
St. Vincent (Durbrow, Eklund, Forte, Gullick, Hulme)
Trinidad & Tobago (Dorst, Forte, Nieweg, Reid)
U.S. and Territories (Torres Rivera)
U.S. Virgin Islands (Espenshade)
Venezuela (Sanchez, Whitehead)
Other/General (Boomert, Provost, Seidemann)

Arie Boomert
Occupation: Archaeologist, Lecturer, Author.
Current Affiliation:
Post-Doctoral Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Research Interests: archaeology and ethnohistory of the Caribbean, Guianas and Amazonia.

Arie Boomert (1946) studied cultural anthropology and cultural prehistory at the University of Amsterdam (BA, 1964; MA, with honours, 1972) and Leiden University (PhD, 2000). He worked as an archaeologist at subsequently the Surinaams Museum, Paramaribo, Suriname (1973-1975), Leiden University (1976-1978), the University of Amsterdam (1979-1980), the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad (1980-1988), and as a desk editor at PlantijnCasparie Heerhugowaard (1988-2004). Since 2004 he has been employed at Leiden University again. Besides, he functioned as a director of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology (1983-1987) and as a member of the Advisary Board of Antropológica, Fundación La Salle, Caracas, Venezuela (1983-1999). He is the author of fifty publications, including articles in scholarly journals, papers in congress proceedings, contributions to encyclopaedias and edited works, book reviews and two monographs. His research interests include the archaeology, ethnohistory and linguistics of the West Indies, the Guianas and Amazonia.

Contact Information:
Havikweg 24
City, Town: 1826 JV Alkmaar,
North Holland
The Netherlands
Telephone Number: +31-72 5624 322
E-MAIL address:

Janette Forte
Janette Patricia Bulkan
Occupation: Anthropologist, Consultant, Author. As of 2003, doctoral candidate in the Yale University Forestry Program.

Current Affiliation (2003): Senior Social Scientist, Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development (March 2000 – present); former Director of the Amerindian Research Unit at the University of Guyana; Director or the Makushi Research Unit.

Editor: Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink; Kacike: The Journal ofCaribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology.

Contact Information:
191 Deobirana Street
Prashad Nagar
South America
Tel: 592-225-8769

Fax: 592-227-8541

Christopher Carrico
ABD Cultural Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

Current Research (for doctoral dissertation):

Ethnographic and Historical Research on Amerindian identity and politics conducted in Guyana, South America.

My project examines the relationship between the political economy and culture of Guyana’s Amerindian communities and that of the national society, with a specific focus on the Akawaio of the Upper Mazaruni. Historical transformations of Amerindian identity and political economy will be researched, from the colonial era to the present. Ethnographic study will look at (1) the syncretic Alleluia Church, (2) the impact of missionaries on intra-group relations, (3) the social impact of the presence of gold and diamond mining in the area, and (4) the indigenous rights groups and political parties that have organized around Amerindian identity. The study especially focuses on the manner in which Amerindian politics, in the post-colonial era, must be negotiated in a racially polarized national context.

Contact Information:
Christopher Carrico
1315 Deer Creek Church Rd.
Forest Hill, MD 21050, USA.


Dr. Albert de Terville


  1. The International Alliance Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia And Related Intolerance, IAAR. 
  2. The International Indigenous Peoples Think Tank, IIPTT. 
  3. The International Emancipation Movement, IEM. 
  4. Regional Organization of Human Rights Defenders, Auditors And Reporters, ROHRDAR. 
Anthropologist, Communications Consultant, Socio-Linguist and Human Rights Educator.

Current Activities:
Operative in:

NGO Committee on the UN International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples;
World Council of the Elders of the Ancient Traditions;
Indigenous Tribal Peoples Advisory Council;
United Confederation of Taino People;
NCOBRA International Committee;

Research Interests:

Reconstruction of the Caribbean indigenous and urban populations identities and migration processes;  The Kweyol Language: An Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean Experience; Hiwanaru (Saint Lucia), The Cradle of Amerindian Civilization; the Bethechilokono (Indigenous People Of Saint Lucia); traditional medicine in the Caribbean and its contributions to health care.

Contact Information:

Box MA 020, Marchand P.O., Castries, SAINT LUCIA, The Caribbean
Tel: + 1 758 452 53 74
Fax: + 1 758 453 19 83

Email: or

Maaike S. de Waal

PhD, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, the Netherlands, 2006.

MA, Archaeology and Culture History of the Americas, Leiden University, 1990-1996
MA, Pre- and protohistory, Leiden University, 1990-1996

Research Interests:
The study of pre-Columbian site patterns and organisation, and pre-Columbian landscape use and perception based on systematic and intensive surveys and excavation data;
Pre-Columbian interaction in the Caribbean

After having worked as a contract archaeologist (Vlaardingen, Haarlem), and as a guide in the National Museum of Antiquities (Leiden), since 1997 I have been concentrating on a PhD project. This focuses on pre-Columbian organisation and interaction in a micro-region, consisting of the islands of La Disirade and Petite Terre and the Pointe des Chbteaux peninsula (Guadeloupe, FWI). Fieldwork (1997-2000) needed for this study consisted of very detailed, systematic and intensive surface surveys and the excavation of small test units.

Previous fieldwork experience was obtained on several archaeological projects in the Caribbean (St. Martin 1993, Guadeloupe and La Disirade 1994-2000, St. Lucia 2002) and in the Netherlands (Geleen 1991; Oss, Midden-Delfland 1992, Wijnaldum 1992, Schipluiden 2001). To this list can be added participation in projects of the Department for Underwater-archaeology in the Netherlands (Texel 1991-1992, Cuijk 1993) and in a large-scale survey-project on Sardinia (Italy).

Publications and Reports:

"Pre-Columbian social organisation and interaction interpreted through the study of settlement
patterns." An archaeological case-study of the Point des Châteaux, La Désirade and Les Îles de la Petite Terre micro-region, Guadeloupe, F.W.I.'. People interested in the dissertation can click on this link and they'll see parts of the dissertation (including the table of contents) and find information on how to order the book.

Waal, M.S., de
1996a  La Désirade, Petite Rivière. in: Bilan Scientifique de la Région Guadeloupe
1995:23. Publication de la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, Guadeloupe

1996b  The Petite Rivière Excavations, La Désirade, French West Indies. Fieldwork report and subsistence studies for a pre-Columbian site with Late Saladoid and post-Saladoid components. Unpublished MA thesis, Leiden University

1997  Occupations Amérindiennes dans l'est de l'Archipel Guadeloupéen. Prospection thématique des sites précolombiens de la Pointe des Châteaux et des îles de la Désirade et de Petite Terre. 1998-2000. Unpublished type-script, Leiden University

1998a  Field Manual. The Pointe des Châteaux and Petite Terre Survey Program (1998). Unpublished typescript, Leiden University

1998b Occupations Amérindiennes dans l'est de l'archipel Guadeloupéen. Rapport de Prospections de la Pointe des Châteaux, 1998. Demande de recherche de la Désirade et Petite Terre, 1999-2000. Unpublished type-script, Leiden University

1999a Field Manual. The La Désirade and Petite Terre Survey (1999). Unpublished typescript, Leiden University

1999b  The Pointe des Châteaux survey (1998). A preliminary report. in: Proceedings of the XVIIIth International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Part 2:268-276. Edité par l’Association Internationale d’Archéologie de la Caraïbe, Région Guadeloupe.

1999c Stone tools. in: Hofman, C.L. and M.L.P. Hoogland (eds.), Archaeological investigations on St. Martin (Lesser Antilles). The sites of Norman Estate, Anse des Pères and Hope Estate with a contribution to the ‘La Hueca problem’. Archaeological Studies Leiden University 4: 203-213. Leiden

1999d  Saint-François, Grande Saline. in: Bilan Scientifique de la Région Guadeloupe 1997:37. Publication de la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, Guadeloupe

1999e  Saint-François, Pointe des Châteaux. in: Bilan Scientifique de la Région Guadeloupe 1998:34-35. Publication de la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, Guadeloupe

1999f  Les prospections thématiques de La Désirade et Petite Terre, 1999. Unpublished type-script, Leiden University (AFAN report)

1999g  Occupations Amérindiennes dans l’Est de l’Archipel Guadeloupéen. Rapport provisoire des prospections thématiques, La Désirade et Petite Terre. Demande de recherche, Pointe des Châteaux, La Désirade et Petite Terre, 2000. Unpublished type-script, Leiden University

2000 Les prospections de La Désirade et Petite Terre, 1999. in : Bilan Scientifique de la Région Guadeloupe 1999:21-23 Publication de la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, Guadeloupe

2001 Pointe des Châteaux, La Désirade et Petite Terre. Inventaire des sites précolombiens. in : Bilan Scientifique de la Région Guadeloupe 2000 :61-62 Publication de la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, Guadeloupe

2002a Occupations Amérindiennes dans l’Est de l’Archipel Guadeloupéen. Rapport de Synthèse. Tome I. Recherches de Terrain 1998-2000. Unpublished type-script, Leiden University

2002b Occupations Amérindiennes dans l’Est de l’Archipel Guadeloupéen. Rapport de Synthèse. Tome II. Inventaire du Mobilier Découvert. Unpublished type-script, Leiden University

Contact Information: 
Faculty of Archaeology
Leiden University
PO Box 9515
2300 RA
The Netherlands
Telephone: 071-5318734


Marc Marinus Cornelis Dorst

MA in Archaeology. Specialisation:  Pre-Colombian Cultures of the Caribbean  Islands and Tropical Lowland of South America, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Profession: Archaeologist, contract archaeology

Statement of Interest: During my study I acquired fieldwork experience during various projects on different Caribbean islands. In 1996 I joined the UCL Utuado-Caguana Archeological Project in Puerto Rico directed by Dr. J.R. Oliver, a project that was focused on the rural Taino settlements surrounding the Caguana ceremonial center. During the summer months of 1997, 1999 and 2000 I worked at the Saladoid/Troumassoïde site of Anse à la Gourde in the field as a specialist on stratigraphy and spatial settlement lay-out. In 1999 I also joined the island survey (field-survey and test-pits) of la Desirade as part of the PhD-research program by M.S. de Waal (Leiden University). This program is focussed on the site statuses and their distribution on the Pointe de Chateau area, la Desirade and les Petites Terres (Guadeloupe, FWI).  In 1997 I did my thesis research on Trinidad with three co-students, also from the Leiden University. This concerned an inventory survey of the Late Cedrosan (Palo Seco complex) / Early Arauquinoid site Manzanilla 1 on Trinidad’s east coast. During this fieldwork the site was mapped and measured, furthermore a surface-survey, sub-surface testing (by Auger) and a small test pit program was executed. This research continued in 2001, which I directed in cooperation with the University of the West Indies (Trinidad). In August a second phase research campaign was done. This fieldwork was focused on one specific habitation area and aimed at obtaining a better understanding of the features at the Manzanilla 1 site and their spatial distribution. Trenches and larger block excavations revealed many postholes, pits and burials. All different subjects (geology, artefact groups and burials) were examined and analysed by specialists. The final report regarding this campaign is expected to be finished by December 2003.

Dorst, M.C., 2000   Manzanilla 1, An archaeological survey of a Pre-Columbian site on Trinidad, spatial patterning, ceramics, lithics and faunal remains. Unpublished Master thesis, Leiden University 

Dorst, M.C., Hofman, C.L., Hoogland, M.L.P., Delpuech, A. 2001 Chapter 3. Methode et strategies de Fouilles in: Guadeloupe, Saint-François, Anse à la Gourde, Fouille programmèe pluriannuelle 1995-2000, Rapport de synthèse 2000. Ministère de la Culture-DRAC & Université de Leiden.

Dorst, M.C., Nieweg, D.C., Baetsen, S. 2002 Preliminary Research Report, Archaeological investigations on the Pre-Columbian Manzanilla 1 (SAN 1) site. Phase II, Inventory excavations on a vacant space, September 2001

Anyone who in interested in a copy of the above first and third text just have to mail me a request. When appropriate credits will be stated anything can be cited from these texts. PDF-files of these texts will be available soon. I myself am very much interested in ethnographical and ethnohistorical referential data on Amerindian societies from Venezuela and the Guyanas. Furthermore I'm looking for possible funding and/or possibilities for publicising the now available data on the Manzanilla 1 site on Trinidad. All data, tips and suggestions are more than welcome.

Contact Information:
Grevenstraat 18, 2312 VJ, Leiden, The Netherlands


Dr. Eric H. Durbrow

Research interest:

Caribs of Saint Vincent and people who currently live in so-called Carib Country in St Vincent.

Contact Information:


Dr. Karl Eklund


BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1950
MA, Columbia University, Nuclear Physics, 1958
Ph.D, Columbia University, Nuclear Physics, 1960

Research Interests:

For the last 30 or so years I have been a consultant in applied physics, most recently as applied to the cleanup of toxic waste sites. My research has been supported out of my personal income. See also 

I am interested in the application of models and mathematical methods used in physics to behavior, including human social behavior. The publication at [] includes, among other things, an explanation of social evolution from the first humans to the current crisis in Western Civilization.

I am particularly interested in how the Caribs of St. Vincent in the pre-contact and early colonial periods were able to function in relationship to Taino and Colonial city-culture (civilization) while maintaining a stable non-city-oriented culture of their own. I suspect
that that might suggest a model for a contemporary Caribbean culture that can use technology without becoming as decadent as Euro-american corporate bureaucracy (see, e.g., Scott Adams' "Dilbert").

Contact Information:

76 Myricks Street, Berkley MA 02779-1810
Tel: 508-822-3581


Suite 416, Kingstown, St. Vincent 
Tel: 784-457-5416 



Christopher T. Espenshade

Current Affiliation: New South Associates, Inc.

Education Level: Masters Degree 

Research Interests: 
Chris has worked in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands since 1986. He has a strong interest in pottery technology (please see his paper in Volume I of the Journal of Caribbean Archaeology), but also has extensive mainland experience with sites of enslaved Africans.

Contact Information:

New South Associates, Inc.
415 South Edgeworth Avenue
Greensboro, N.C.   27410

Dr. Pedro J. Ferbel-Azcarate
Currently teaching part time with the Department of Black Studies at Portland State University and affiliated with the Archivo Historico de Santiago, Dominican Republic. Also working with non-profit community and public space activist group the City Repair Project in Portland Oregon (

MA: Anthropology, U of South Carolina - 1991
Ph.D.: Interdisciplinary Archaeological Studies, U of Minnesota - 1995

Research Interests:
I have conducted research on Taino history, archaeology, and cultural survival in the Dominican Republic and Cuba from 1992- 1997. I wrote my dissertation on Taino survival in the Dominican Republic, and continue to research, write, and make presentations on this topic. I am especially interested in finding connections between the Taino past and the Taino present, the politics of the nation state in controlling the identity of colonized and globalized people, and the struggle of communities against dominant paradigms including colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, neo liberalism, and globalization.

I have some experience with working in the areas of indigenous medicine, architecture, foodways, spiritual practices, folklore, agriculture, casabe making, and tobacco use in rural and urban Dominican Republic, especially the Cibao region. As an archaeologist, I have an interest in petroglyphs, plazas, and social/spatial organization. I have walked from La Isabella to Janico to La Vega and have climbed Pico Duarte 5 times. I have lived in the campos of La Cacique, Moncion and Los Indios, Dajabon and am familiar with these places. I also am interested in Cuba and have good friends and colleagues in the pueblo of El Cobre (Santiago province). In this area, I have been doing work on the history and culture of the Cimarones (Maroons).


Dr. Maximilian C. Forte
Assistant Professor in Anthropology,
Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
Concordia University


Hons. Double Major BA: York University - Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Spanish - 1990 (summa cum laude)
Diploma: University of the West Indies, Trinidad - International Relations - 1991 (Distinction)
MA: State University of New York at Binghamton - Anthropology - 1996
Ph.D.: The University of Adelaide (Australia) - Anthropology - 2002

Research Interests: Carib Community of Arima, Trinidad; ethnohistories and ethnographies of the aboriginal populations of Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, St. Vincent; tradition; globalisation; political economy; Internet and culture

Research Related Websites: The First Nations of Trinidad and Tobago; The Santa Rosa Carib Community of Arima, Trinidad

Contact Information: 
Dr. Maximilian C. Forte
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W
Montreal, QC, H3G-1M8, Canada
Tel: 514 848-2424 ext.5567
Fax: 514-848-4539

Dr. Lynne Guitar

CIEE International Study Programs
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra
Santiago de los Caballeros
Dominican Republic

Dual B.A., History and Anthropology with a Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Michigan State University, 1992
M.A., History, Vanderbilt University, 1994
Ph.D., History and Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, 1998 

Research Interests:
Research interests include the Tainos, the native peoples of the Greater Antilles (focus on Hispaniola); the first century of Indian-African-European contact in the Greater Antilles, particularly on Hispaniola; issues of gender, race, class, and identity; Caribbean culture, particularly art and artisanry, religion, folklore, healing, foodways, music and dance(from their origins to the modern era); and Dominican tourism/educational tourism.

Statement of Interest:

My documentary work and historical/anthropological analyses have shown, beyond a doubt, that the "extinction" of the Tainos is a myth that was begun by Spaniards as they began to colonize Hispaniola and spread out across the rest of today's Latin America. My findings have placed me in the front lines of defending those modern peoples of Taino descent who are fighting to gain recognition and reclaim their ethnic pride. I will do everything in my power to help push forward the Taino "renaissance" short of getting involved in the nasty personal politics that keeps interferring with the work that needs to be done to gain international acceptance for today's Taino peoples.

Select Publications:

2001   "No More Negotiation:  Slavery and the destabilization of colonial Hispaniola's Encomienda system."  Special issue, vol. 29, of Revista Interamericana.

2000 “Criollos:  The Birth of a Dynamic New Indo-Afro-European People and Culture on Hispaniola,” KACIKE:  Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology, 1 (1), January 2000: 1-17 (

1998  "Willing it so:  Intimate glimpses of encomienda life in colonial Hispaniola," in Colonial Latin American Historical Review 7(3), Summer 1998:  245-264. 

1998 "Myth Management:  An historian explains how the myth of Taíno extinction began and was perpetuated," Native Peoples 12(1), Fall 1998:  75-76.

1998 Seven entries ("Hispaniola Slave Revolt of 1521/22," "Encomienda System," "Laws of Burgos," "Black Legend," "Enriquillo," "Taínos," and "The     Requirement"), Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery, ed. Junius P. Rodríguez, Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-CLIO.

Contact Information:
CIEE International Study Programs
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra
Santiago de los Caballeros
Dominican Republic
Tel: (809) 580-1962, Ext. 449
Fax: (809) 971-0321


Dr. Charles J. M. R. Gullick

Affiliation: Retired, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, United Kingdom

Publications and Reports:

1976 Exiled from St. Vincent: The Development of Black Carib Culture in Central America, Progress Press, Malta, pp. 152.
1985 Myths of a Minority: the Changing Traditions of the Vincentian Caribs, Studies of Developing Countries no. 30 Van Gorcum, Assen, pp. 211 + v.

1969 The Changing Society of the Black Caribs B.Litt (Oxon) pp.537 + cxlviii + 5 maps.
1974 Tradition and Change Amongst the Caribs of St. Vincent D.Phil. (Oxon) pp.567 + xcviii.
1990* British Expatriate Managers and their Families: A study of their problems when moving abroad, working abroad and returning to Britain M.A. (Leeds) pp. 176.

Articles in Journals
1971 “Shakers and Ecstasy” New Fire: Quarterly Journal of the Society of St. John the Evangelist no. 9 pp. 7-11.
1975 “The Caribs of St. Vincent : a historical background and research bibliography” National Studies, Belize, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 22-27.
1976* "Maltese and Creole" Belizean Studies, vol.4, no. 3, pp.25-36.
1976 "Carib Ethnicity in a Semi-Plural Society" New Community: Journal of the Community Relations Commission, Vol. 5, no. 3, pp 250-258.
1976 “Piaye and Pia Manadi” Belizean Studies vol. 4, no. 6 pp. 7-12.
1978 “The Ecological Background to the Carib Wars” Journal of Belizean Affairs, no. 6, pp. 51-61.
1979 "Ethnic Interaction and Carib Language" Journal of Belizean Affairs, no. 9, pp. 3-20.
1981 “Pilgrimage, Cults and Holy Places: Carib Religious Trips - some Anthropological Visions” Dyn: The Journal of the Durham University Anthropological Society, no.6 pp. 1-13.
1982 "Confused Identity in the Caribbean: Dilemma of the Afro-Indians" The Geographical Magazine, vol. 54, no. 9, pp. 522-523 (reprinted in Roots).
1985 * "Schemes, Serendipity and Syntheses: Towards a Holistic Anthropology" Dyn: The Journal of the Durham University Anthropological Society, no.8, pp. 18-29.
1987 “The Role of the Church and State in the production of basketry in St.Vincent and fireworks in Malta” Dyn: The Journal of the Durham University Anthropological Society, no.9, forepiece photo and pp. 18-30.
1988 “Chamanismo Garifuna”America Indigina, vol 48, no.4. pp. 283-321.
1991 "Expatriate missionaries and local politics in St. Vincent" Dyn: The Journal of the Durham University Anthropological Society, no.10 pp. 22-38.

Chapters in books
1984 "The Changing Vincentian Carib Population" in M. Crawford (ed.) Black Caribs: a case study in Biocultural adaptations, vol. 3. of Current Developments in Anthropological Genetics, Plenum, New York, pp 37-50.
1984 "Afro-Indians" in John Lynch (ed.) Past and Present in the Americas: a compendium of recent studies, Manchester University Press, pp.156-167.
1992 “Myths in Politics and Politics in Religion: Early State Formation in Belize” (with J.Crane) in M.Bax, P. Kloss & A. Koster (eds.) Faith and Polity: Essays on religion and politics, Vrije Universietit Press Amsterdam pp. 173-201.
1993 “Politics for the Powerless: conversion and politics in St. Vincent” in M. Bax, & A. Koster (eds.)Power and Prayer, Vrije Universietit Press Amsterdam pp. 91-107.
1995 "Communicating Caribness" in N. Whitehead (ed.) Wolves from the Sea KITLV Press, Leiden pp. 157-170.
1998 "The Shakers of St. Vincent: A Symbolic Focus for Discourses" in P.B .Clarke (ed.) New Trends and Developments in African Religions Greenwood Press, West Port, Connecticut, pp. 87-104.

Encyclopedia Entry
1975 “Garif” The Family of Man Cavendish, London vol.3 pt. 34 pp. 930-932.

Published Conference Proceedings
1978 “Black Carib Origins and Early Society” 1st International Congress for the Study of Pre-Columbian Cultures of the Lesser Antilles, pp. 283-290.
1979 “The Black Caribs in St. Vincent: the Carib War and AftermathÓ Actes du 42e Congres International des Americanistes, vol. 6, pp. 451-465.
1988 “Island Carib Traditions about their arrival in the Lesser Antilles” 8th International Congress for the Study of Pre-Columbian Cultures of the Lesser Antilles, Arizona State University Anthropological Research Paper, no. 22, pp. 426-472.
1988 "Some problems in using physical anthropological data for historical studies" Actes des 3emes Journees Anthropologiques, Notes et monographies techniques, no. 24, editions du CNRS, Paris. pp. 15-29.
1999 “Indigenous and/or Local Knowledge in the Caribbean” presented at the conference in September 1998 on Local Knowledge in Tropical Agricultural Research and Development Tropical Agriculture Association Newsletter, vol. 18, no.4.

Review Articles
1982 "Cannibalism, communication and prejudice" New Community: Journal of he Commission for Racial Equality, vol.10, no. 2, pp. 315-317.
1985* “West Indian Artifacts: a bibliographical essay” Museum Ethnographers’ Group Newsletter, no. 19, pp. 26-53.
1984* “Afro-American Religious Mindsets: A Review Essay” Bulletin of Latin American Research vol. 13, no.3, pp. 319-26.

Book Reviews
1981 W.  Arens: The Man Eating Myth: The Journal of the Durham University Anthropological Society, no. 6 p.83.
1981-2*“On and Beyond the Mexican Borders” New Community, Journal of the Commission for Racial Equality vol. 9, no.3, pp. 512-514.
1984 V. Kerns: Women and Ancestors: Journal of Latin American Studies vol.16, pp. 539-40.
1986* S. Glazier: Caribbean Ethnicity Revisited: Ethnic and Racial Studies (January) pp. 123-4.
1986 * S. Mintz & S .Price: Caribbean Contours, Man vol 21, pp. 575-7.
1989 N. Gonzalez: Sojourners in the Caribbean Man, vol 24, no. 4, pp. 700-1.
1995* D. Fetterman: Speaking the Language of Power, Dyn: The Journal of the Durham University Anthropological Society, no.11 pp. 81-4

Published Letters
1984 “Busentina nasubusiraguduni” Luganute Garifina vol. 1, no. 2, p.6.
1992* “Caribbean Whaling” The Times , July 2.

Papers presented at international conferences
(excluding those printed in the proceedings which are listed above)

1974 “Some Theoretical and methodological Considerations of How Island Carib Culture changed” xli Congreso International de Americanistas
1975 "Issues in the Relationship between Minority and National Language" 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Amsterdam.
1975 "Political Policies and Interethnic Relations in St. Vincent and Malta" 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Amsterdam.
1978 “Changing Carib Agricultural Systems” International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
1982 "The Comparative Study of Afro-Indians: Some Anthropological Perspectives" 44th. International Congress of Americanists, Manchester.
1982 “Carib Folklore: A Comparison of Vincentian, Dominican and Central American Afro-Indian Lore” 44th. International Congress of Americanists, Manchester.
1982* “Defective Colour vision in the Population of St. Vincent, West Indies” (with V. Wolley & E. Sunderland) 4th. International Congress of Americanists, Manchester.
1982 “Afro-Indians: Some Remarks and Queries” 4th. International Congress of Americanists, Manchester.
1984 “Caribbean Shamanism: a comparison of the curer’s role in St. Vincent, and Central America” Society of Latin American Studies Symposium on Traditional Medicine and Modern Health Care in Latin America, Cambridge.
1985 “Development or Suppression?” Conference on Folklife and the Public Sector, Kentucky
1986 "Mythical Masks for Museums: Chatoyer, Janus, Midas and Motinu in the Caribbean" Symposium on Making Exhibitions of Ourselves, held jointly by the Museum Ethnographers' Group and the Association of Social Anthropologists at the British Museum, London.
1988 * "Migrants Meeting Migrants: Ethnohistory and Culture Shock in the 19th Century" 46 th. International Congress of Americanists, Amsterdam.
1990 * “A Colonial Heritage: the politicisation of religion in small Commonwealth states” 12 th.World Congress of Sociology, Madrid.
1993 “Carib Commentaries: Selected 17th Century discourses concerning the Amerindians of the Lesser Antilles” 5th Annual International Conference of the Durham Centre for Seventeenth Century Studies
2000 “Conflicting Histories in Small Island Museums” Small Island Conferences: Islands Dreams and Reality, Isle of Man.
2000 “Conflicting Discourses and Carib Myths” The International Colloquium and Exhibition Myths in the Caribbean Cuba.

Seminar papers
1968 “Changing Carib Kinship” Department of Ethnology Oxford University
1974 “How Island Carib Culture Changed” Latin American Studies Seminar , Oxford University
1975 “Political Policies and Interethnic Relations” Seminar on Ethnic, Cultural and Racial Studies, Oxford University
1977 “Political Policies, Pluralism and Comparative Interethnic Relations” Anthropology Staff Symposium , Durham University
1977 “Conflict and Interethnic Relations” Sociology Society The New University of Ulster
1977 “Carib Ecology in the Eighteenth Century” Sociology Symposium, The New University of Ulster.
1980 “Religious Trips” Pre-Industial Seminar, Durham University
1982* “Folk views of Language” Language Discussion Group Durham University
1983 “The Production of Meaning and meaning in Production” Sociology Colloquium, University of Kansas
1983 “Schemes, Serendiperty and Synthesis” Anthropological Proseminar, University of Kansas
1987 “Early State Formation in Belize” (with J. Crane) Research Seminar Department of Anthropology, Durham University.

Contact Information:

Jennifer L. Hale Gallardo

Doctoral program in Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies, Minor in Biology, Florida International University, 1995
Masters in Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 2000

Research Interests:
I am currently researching the "production" of "indigenous extinction" in colonial Cuba. 
I am specifically interested in examing how strategies of racialization were employed in the official elimination of an 'indigenous category', and how people in Cuba who defined themselves as such negotiated this 'extermination'. I am also interested in examining, in this context, the forced recruitment of Yucatecan labor into 19th century Cuba, as well as the historiography of their descendants contemporarily.

Contact Information: 
P.O. Box 36
Florida 32602
E-Mail: or

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Dr. Peter Hulme
Professor in Literature
Affiliation (and mailing address):
University of Essex
Colchester CO4 3SQ

Research Interests:
My research has mostly concerned the way in which the indigenous cultures of the Caribbean have been represented by outsiders since 1492.  Current interests include the ‘revival’ of the Taino, the continuing struggle for self-representation of the Island Caribs in Dominica, and the history of Carib / African relationships in St. Vincent in the eighteenth century.

Main Publications:
Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 (London: Methuen, 1986; paperback London: Routledge, 1992)

ed. (with Neil L. Whitehead), Wild Majesty: Encounters with Caribs from Columbus to the Present (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992)

Remnants of Conquest: The Island Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998 (Oxford: OUP, 2000)



Quetta Kaye
Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Thesis title:  Ritual drug use and the social context of power in the prehistoric Caribbean (with Cuba as its specific focus).

Research Interests:
Prehistory of the Caribbean (with a specific focus on Cuba) and the circum-Caribbean area; the ancient use of hallucinogens and altered states of consciousness; archaeobotanical and chemical analysis of prehistoric materials for evidence of intoxicants.

Other Activities:
English-speaking representative to the Press and Publicity Working Group of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology.


Claudia Kraan

Profession: Archaeologist

Please contact me if you are organising an archaeological dig in the Caribbean and are in need of an archaeologist specialised in mortuary practices and/or a Caribbean archaeologist with general expertise. My specialty is archaeological research that involves (re)examining human remains and their contexts.


Master’s degree in Amerindian archaeology at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands 1998. 

Specialisations:  Physical anthropology, Amerindian archaeology and anthropology of the Caribbean Islands and the South American Lowlands, mortuary practices of the Amerindian peoples of the Caribbean Islands

Special interests:  Anything on Amerindian mortuary practices in the Caribbean (islands and mainland), both archaeological, anthropological and ethnohistorical

Relevant texts:
Unpublished master’s thesis, Leiden University, the Netherlands. The burials of the Anse à la Gourde site, Guadeloupe (F.W.I.). An archaeological study in the light of the rites of passage.

Current activities:

Currently, I am collecting data on archaeological evidence for pre-Columbian mortuary behaviour. My goal is to create a basic work/database on mortuary behaviour of pre-Columbian societies on the Caribbean Islands. Furthermore, I am working on an article dealing with ethnohistorical texts on mortuary behaviour on de Caribbean Islands during the first years after the first contact.

Contact Information:


Carlalynne Melendez


Professor of Anthropology,
University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus, Rio Piedras

Professional Work History:
2004-present, Professor of  Anthropology.
University of Puerto Rico (Medical Science Campus) – Rio Piedras. Instructor of Record in the following graduate course: Anthropology: Social-Environment and Public Health

2004, Professor of  Anthropology. American University – Bayamón Campus. Instructor of Record in the following graduate course: Social Anthropology

2004, Professor of Social Science.  Universidad del Turabo – Cayey, Puerto Rico. Instructor of Record in the following undergraduate courses:
Social Science: Society and Contemporary Culture. (2 sections)

2003 - Ph.D. in Anthropology. Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY
Dissertation: Culture, Health and Environment: A Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Communities Exposed to Pesticides in the Constanza Region, Dominican Republic.  The case-control study involved obtaining environmental samples as well as observational and epidemiologic data from the cases and controls (visit: (

1996 - M.A. in Geography. Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY
Masters Thesis: Identifying and Designing Ecological Reserves in S.E. Puerto Rico: Using a Biogeographic and GIS Approach.

1992 - B.A. in International Relations. Florida International University, Miami, Fl

1992 - Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Florida International University, Miami, Fl

1991 - B.A.  in Geography.  University of Colorado, Denver, CO
B.A. Thesis:
Water Resource Management: Measuring the Effects of Irrigation on Agricultural Development in the Lajas Valley, Southeast Puerto Rico.

Research Interests:
Although I am a medical anthropologist I have research interests in cultural identity formation, in particular Antillean and Taino identity. I approach this subject matter from a multidisciplinary (anthropological and geographical perspective. I am particularly interested in (1) understanding the sociocultural, biogeographical and geopolitical factors that influence identity formation; (2)symbolic and material manifestations of culture and identity in the Spanish speaking Antilles; and (3) social practices, symbolic representation, and cultural narratives shared by Puerto Ricans, Cubans and Dominicans and how these are used for creating identities and histories.

I invite you to visit my Web Sites at:


Carlalynne Melendez, LIGA TAINA-KE:

20 de febrero de 2006

Estimados colegas y compañeros,

Es un verdadero placer volver a saludarlos. Los vuelvo a contactar para anunciar la creación de la organización Liga Taina-ke, Inc (Tierra Taina), fundada el 6 de enero de 2006. Adjunto le envío la visión y misión de la organización. El principal objetivo de la Liga es llevar a cabo estudios que apoyen la protección, conservación y manejo de los recursos culturales, históricos, biológicos, y naturales de Puerto Rico. La Liga lograra estos objetivos a través de investigaciones multidisciplinarias en los campos de la etnografía, geografía y estudios ambientales. La Liga también fomentara actividades educativas y culturales enfocadas en la temática etno-histórica-cultural Taína.

Les invito a que se unan a La Liga Taina-ke para que juntos, trabajemos por esa Boriquén que soñamos. Una Boriquén llena de confianza, propósito, y esperanza. Y a ti joven boricua te hago un llamado para que te integres a La Liga para construir tu futuro–un futuro lleno de confianza, propósito y esperanza–recuerda que tu eres Boriquén y solo tu puedes transformarla.

Agradezco infinitamente su interés, consideración y cooperación en esta iniciativa. Si tienes alguna duda o necesitas cualquier información adicional favor de contactarme al 787-671-0455 (celular), 787-764-0000 / Ext. 2479 / 3626 (Departamento), o a la siguiente dirección de correo electrónico (

Los invito a que visten el nuevo sitio de La Liga Taina-ke:

Adjunto les envío la misión y visión de Taina-ke.

Carlalynne Melendez, PhD
Catedrática Auxiliar
Universidad de Puerto Rico
Recinto de Rio Piedras

Contact Information:
Calle Biscayne X-9
Puerto Rico  00956
Tel: (787) 785-3673

Dennis C. Nieweg

Archaeologist/ Archaeomalacologist.

MA in Caribbean archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Research Experience:
I worked in the Caribbean for many years as an archaeological specialist in Malacology, Marine Biology and Ecology and as a general excavator. I am conducting research on the reconstruction of diet and landscape through the analysis of shell remains (marine, freshwater and land) and other marine invertebrates (e.g. Ostracoda). I conducted research for institutes such as:

  • University Leiden, Holland, DRAC (Direction Regional des Affaires Culturelles), Guadeloupe and AFAN (ARPAG) (governmental institutions), France; Sites van Anse à la Gourde, Guadeloupe, FWI, (1996-2000); Morel, Guadeloupe (1999) ; Pointe Helleux, Guadeloupe (1997) ; Couronne conchou, Guadeloupe (1996). All Lesser Antilles.
  • Universite de Aix-en-Provence, France. Folle Anse site, Marie Galante (1998), Lesser Antilles.
  • University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad; Manzanilla (SAN-1) site, Trinidad (1997-2001), Lesser Antilles. Continuating project, entails the mapping and excavating of a Cedrosan Saladoid and Arauquinoid site on the eastern coast of Trinidad. Continuation of the excavation planned in 2003.
Current Research:
Together with M.C. Dorst, I am working on the Manzanilla 1 site, Trinidad. On this site I am working on the faunal remains (shell, bone), reconstruction of landscape, ecology and shell artefacts. Technical drawing of the burials and excavating is also a specialism.

I am also working as an Honorary Assistant Curator of Molluscs, Natural History Museum Rotterdam (NMR), Rotterdam, Holland, (from 1995 onwards), where I conduct research on the collection, shelled cephalopods and Caribbean molluscs. Furthermore, I am working as an contract archaeologist on different Neolithic and Roman sites in The Hague, Holland.

Select Articles and Reports:

Boomert, A., M. C. Dorst, C. L. Hofman, M. L. P. Hoogland, D. C. Nieweg & A. Vredenbregt 1997. Preliminary report on an archaeological investigation of the Manzanilla 1 site, Trinidad. Unpublished typescript, U.L, Leiden. 1997.

Nieweg, D. C. 1997. Schelp en koraal in de Archeologie : het Caraibisch gebied. In : Zeegeluiden, mei – juni 1997, No. 3, pp. 34-37. ZMS, Scheveningen.

Nieweg, D. C. 2000a. Coquillage alimentaire, Chapter 5.1. In : Delpuech, A., C. L. Hofman & M. L. P. Hoogland 2000. Anse à la Gourde, St. François, Guadeloupe. Fouille programée pluriannuelle 1997-1999. Rapport intermédiaire 1999. Conseil régional de la Guadeloupe; Municipalité de Saint François; D.R.A.C. de la Guadeloupe; Maison René Ginouvés, E.P. 2063 Archéologie des Amériques; Université de Leiden, Faculté d’Archéologie; Unpublished report. No. 1, 2, 3 (annexes).

Nieweg, D. C. 2000b. Shells in Archaeology, Part I, II and CD rom. Unpublished Master Thesis, Leiden University.

Nieweg, D. C. 2001. Coquillage alimentaire, Chapter 7, pp.85-112. In : Hofman, C. L., M. L. P. Hoogland & A. Delpuech 2001. Guadeloupe, Saint Francois, Anse a la Gourde, Fouille programmee pluriannuelle 1995-2000. Rapport de synthese. Conseil régional de la Guadeloupe; Municipalité de Saint François; D.R.A.C. de la Guadeloupe; Maison René Ginouvés, E.P. 2063 Archéologie des Amériques; Université de Leiden, Faculté d’Archéologie; Unpublished report.

Dorst, M.C., D.C. Nieweg & S. Baetsen, 2002. Preliminary research report. Archaeological investigations on the Pre-Columbian Manzanilla 1 (SAN-1) site. Phase II, inventory excavations on a vacant space, September 2001. Unpublished typescript.

Nieweg, D. C. & M. C. Dorst, in prep. The Manzanilla 1 (SAN-1) site, Trinidad.
Paper presented on the XIX Int. Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Aruba, July 2001. To be published in Proceedings of the XIX Int. Congress for Caribbean Archaeology, Aruba, 2001

Contact information:
Dennis C. Nieweg,
Haverkamp 168,
2592 BL, 
Den Haag, 
The Netherlands

Museum of Natural History Rotterdam,
t.a.v. Dennis C. Nieweg, Malacology dept.
P.O. Box 23452,
3001 KL, 
The Netherlands

Jaime Pagán-Jiménez

Affiliation: Independent Researcher
Education: Ph.D., Anthropology (UNAM)

Research Interests: a) análisis de los contextos sociopolíticos de las prácticas antropológicas (arqueológicas) en América Latina y Las Antillas; b)arqueología de las interacciones sociales, culturales y ambientales de los grupos precolombinos de las islas caribeñas y su contraparte de tierra firme (Centro y Suramérica); c) paleoetnobotánica de regiones tropicales (especialista en restos microbotánicos: almidones [starch grain analysis])

Soy de Puerto Rico, egresado del Programa doctoral en Antropología de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Pertenezco, además, al equipo editorial de la revista Diálogo Antropológico ( En Puerto Rico he realizado, junto con otros arqueólogos, más de cuarenta estudios de recursos culturales arqueológicos desenvolviéndome en aspectos como: elaboración de propuestas de investigación, prospección, excavación, elaboración de técnicas de muestreo para distintos elementos arqueológicos, dirección de campo y autoría de informes finales. Recientemente (septiembre de 2005)concluí una investigación paleoetnobotánica de dos sitios agrocerámicos tempranos de las islas de Vieques y Puerto Rico como parte de mi investigación doctoral (título de la disertación: "Estudio interpretativo de la cultura botánica de dos comunidades precolombinas antillanas: La Hueca y Punta Candelero, Puerto Rico"). Sigo en pie con otro proyecto de investigación titulado "Grupos humanos y plantas durante el Holoceno medio y tardío en Puerto Rico", con el cual he comenzado a recabar datos arqueobotánicos que dan cuenta del complejo escenario en el que estuvieron involucrados los llamados "grupos preagrícolas-arcaicos" y los entornos isleños de Puerto Rico.

Select Publications:
2005        "La temprana introducción y uso de algunas plantas domésticas, silvestres y cultivos en Las Antillas precolombinas: una revaloración desde el "arcaico" de Vieques y Puerto Rico".  Diálogo Antropológico, Año 03, No. 10, enero-marzo 2005, FFyL/IIA, UNAM (autor principal en coautoría con Miguel Rodríguez, Luis A. Chanlatte e Yvonne Narganes: artículo en prensa. Disponible en a partir de febrero de 2005).

2005        "Primeras evidencias directas del uso de plantas en la dieta de los grupos agroalfareros del Oriente de Cuba". Catauro, Revista Cubana de Antropología, (coautoría con el doctor Roberto Rodríguez Suárez, Investigador Agregado del Museo Antropológico Montané, Universidad de La Habana, Cuba: Artículo en prensa. Disponible durante el semestre enero-junio de 2005, Fundación Fernando Ortiz, Ciudad de la Habana).

2005        "Centralismo, excentricismo y poscolonialismo en arqueología. Reflexiones por un reposicionamiento de las experiencias latinoamericanas y caribeñas", Debates Americanos, Casa de Altos Estudios Don Fernando Ortiz, Universidad de La Habana, Cuba (Artículo en prensa. Disponible durante el semestre enero-junio de 2005, Casa de Altos Estudios Don Fernando Ortiz, U. de La Habana).

2004        El mundo vivido de los antiguos pobladores Huecoide en Las Antillas nor-orientales. Un ensayo arqueológico de aproximación sobre algunos procesos de significación y aprehensión humana del paisaje y sus cosas naturales / culturales. Libro en revisión editorial, Editorial Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan.

2004        "Is all archaeology at present a postcolonial one? Constructive answers from an eccentric point of view", Journal of Social Archaeology, 4 (2): 200-213. Sage Publications LTD. Great Britain (

2003        "Retornando a lo básico: los restos macrobotánicos en arqueología y el caso de Puerto Rico y Las Antillas", Antropología y Técnica, 7:39-54 (IIA, UNAM, México).

2002        "Agricultura precolombina de las Antillas: retrospección y análisis", Anales de Antropología, 36:43-91 (IIA, UNAM, México).

2002        "El concepto paisaje como traslación de "landscape" en arqueología", Diálogo Antropológico, 1(1):7-12 ( Posgrado en Antropología, FFyL-IIA/UNAM, México).

2001        "El conocimiento de la arqueología precolombina antillana como motivo social".  Ponencia leída en el XIX Congreso Internacional de Arqueología del Caribe. Aruba, Indias Occidentales (omitida, por error, de las Actas del Décimo noveno Congreso Internacional de Arqueología del Caribe: disponible a solicitud de los interesados).

2000        "La Antropología en Puerto Rico: dicotomía de centro-periferia", Boletín de Antropología Americana,  36:193-202 (IPGH, México).

Contact Information:
Calle del Sol 201
Piso 3B
Viejo San Juan
Puerto Rico
Telephone: 787-207-5898


M.C.L. Provost
Ph. D. Candidate, Sociology & Equity Studies, Aboriginal & Indigenous Specialization, Family Health.
M.Ed. Theory & Policy Studies in Education, OISE/UofT, 2002
B.A. (Hons.) Creative Writing & Mythologies, specializing in Children's Culture and World Mythologies, 1996

M. C. L. Provost is a Jamaican-born artist-educator of  Taíno-mixed ancestry. Her combined teaching experience of over 20 years spans schools, college level, conferences, community programs, and design/development process training in corporate life. A StoryingArtist in education, Lois combines visual and aural/oral literacies for alternate ways of seeing and knowing, and for learning to pattern "wholeness for healing and wellness." Lois holds an M.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, specializing in Indigenous philosophy for learning, and a B.A., Honours, Double Major, from York University in Creative Writing and Humanities concentrated in Children's Culture and World Mythologies.  She is currently working on her Ph.D.  at OISE/UT, Sociology and Equity Studies, in the Aboriginal and Indigenous Specialization. Her subject is learning wellness where "family is a value." Lois is the facilitator-researcher on two Aboriginal research projects.

Research Interests: Indigenous Peoples in the Antilles and Latino-Caribbean, the relationship between Taino and other First Nations Peoples in the Americas, alternate ways of seeing and knowing; Storying Arts for biopsychosocial-environmental wholeness, healing and wellness related to these areas: Indigenous Knowledge Systems and philosophies; Traditional Indigenous practices/patterns in healing, wellness and medical/professional education;  intergenerational children's culture; languages of imagery/communication and cultural/family/archaeoliteracy; multi-racial identities; archaeoastronomy; revitalizing Indigenous languages; repatriation of remains; Taino-Dene family law, mythographies and mythologies in science; life writing and kidlit; human low-tech/no-technologies; anamorphic and rupestrian earthworks; transgenerational memory and place; the cosmos as a 'book' of learning; and heritage seeds and plants.

Contact Information:
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, 12th Floor
Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6


Dr. Basil ReidDr. Basil Reid

Affiliation: University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
Education: Ph.D., 2003, The University of Florida (Department of Anthropology), Gainseville, Florida, U.S.A. (Dissertation: Developing GIS Weights of Evidence of Pre-Columbian Archaeological Sites in Trinidad)

Research Interests: A Jamaican by birth, Dr. Basil Reid has been lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of History at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine since July 2001 where his major research interests are The Pre-Columbian History of the Caribbean and Archaeology and Geoinformatics. His archaeological field experience is wide ranging, having been engaged in archaeological projects in Jamaica, Barbados, United Kindgom, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago. Subsequent to receiving his M.A. in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology (University of London), Dr. Reid earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Florida, Gainesville (U.S.A.) based on the dissertation topic: Developing GIS-Based Weights- of-Evidence Predictive Models of Pre-Columbian Sites in Trinidad. A member of the World Archaeology Congress, he is also Chairman of the 21st Congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology (IACA). To date, he has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals such as The Journal of Caribbean History, Caribbean Quarterly and Caribbean Geography.

Contact Information:
Archaeology Centre, The Department of History
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone: (868) 662-2002 ext. 3306

Angel Rodriguez Alvarez

Affiliation: Independent Researcher, Municipality of Caguas

Education Level: Ph.D.

Research Interests:
Archaeoastronomy, rock art, shell tools.

Contact Information:
4-12 Ramirez Arellano, Urb. Torrimar
Puerto Rico
Tel: 787-744-4569

Domingo Sánchez-P.

Director of Fundación de Estudios Indígenas (FUNDESIN)

Research Interests: Astronomy in the culture of aboriginal ethnic groups in Venezuela, rock art, aboriginal mythology.

Current Research: Astronomy in the culture of Arawaks and Independent ethnic groups in Venezuela.  Astronomical manifestations in Venezuelan rock art.

Papers Online:
"Glosario de Astronomía de los Caribe de Venezuela", KACIKE: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology

Contact Information:
Postal Address: Apartado 368, Puerto Ordaz, VENEZUELA


Website: Astroaborigen—Carib Astronomy: “La Fundación de Estudios Indígenas ofrece este sitio web para divulgar la  Astronomía en la Cultura, el Arte Rupestre, la Mitología Aborigen de Venezuela y el Glosario, permitiendo ampliar conocimientos sobre  nuestras etnias.  Este portal, está basado en el libro La Astronomía de los Caribe en Venezuela, de Domingo Sánchez Picconne…”—a comprehensive site on the Venezuelan’ Caribs astronomical knowledge, including an overview, general features, natural phenomena, calendrical time, petroglyphs, and mythology.

Ryan M. Seidemann

Research Interests:

These include archaeology and bioarchaeology of the Caribbean and Florida.  I have recently (2001) published a paper on Pre-Columbian voyaging in the Caribbean in The Florida Anthropologist and am currently working on a follow-up study.  I am also conducting bioarchaeological research on Florida collections, one will come out soon in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and another will be a talk (hopefully) at the AAA meetings in New Orleans.  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions, thoughts, or ideas on Pre-Columbian voyaging.


Dr. Peter Siegel

Affiliation: John Milner Associates

BS: University of Dlaware, Newark  Entomology and Applied Ecology - 1978
BA: University of Delaware, Newark  Anthropology - 1978
MA: State University of New York - Binghamton Anthropology - 1982
Ph.D.: State University of New York - Binghamton Anthropology - 1992

Primary Research Interests:
the development of complex society in the West Indies and the intersection of
ethnographic and archaeological research (ethnoarchaeology) in lowland South

Dr. Peter E. Siegel is a Principal Archaeologist/Project Manager with John Milner Associates and a consulting archaeologist for Latin America and the Caribbean with New South Associates. Dr. Siegel has conducted archaeological and ethnographic investigations in South America and the Caribbean since 1976. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and is active in various professional archaeological associations, including the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology. He has 20 years experience in the business of cultural resources consulting. He speaks Spanish and lived in Puerto Rico for seven years while employed by the Centro de Investigaciones Indígenas de Puerto Rico, and has conducted archaeological and ethnographic investigations in the Caribbean and South America. Most recently Dr. Siegel provided technical archaeological supervision on an 18-inch natural gas pipeline in Bolivia, conducted on behalf of Dames and Moore, Enron and Shell Gas Latin America. Dr. Siegel has developed contacts in the archaeological/regulatory community in several South American countries, most notably, Bolivia, Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, Peru, and Colombia. He is familiar with the cultural resources regulatory requirements in the Caribbean.

Select Publications:

Siegel, Peter E. (editor)
in preparation. A Prehistory of Puerto Rico.  University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.  Book prospectus accepted and contract awarded by the Press.

Siegel, Peter E., John G. Jones, Deborah M. Pearsall, and Daniel P. Wagner. 2001. Culture and Environment in Prehistoric Puerto Rico. Proceedings of the International Congress for Caribbean Archaeology 18(2):281-290. Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe.

Siegel, Peter E. 1999. Contested Places and Places of Contest: The Evolution of Social Power and Ceremonial Space in Prehistoric Puerto Rico. Latin American Antiquity 10:209-238.

Siegel, Peter E. 1997. Ancestor Worship and Cosmology among the Taínos. In Taíno: Pre-Columbian Art and Culture from the Caribbean, edited by Fatima Bercht, Estrellita Brodsky, John Alan Farmer, and Dicey Taylor, pp. 106-111. The Monacelli Press and El Museo del Barrio, New York.

Siegel, Peter E. 1996 Ideology and Culture Change in Prehistoric Puerto Rico: A View from the Community. Journal of Field Archaeology 23:313-333.

Contact Information:
714 North Hillside Drive
West Chester, PA 19380 USA
Home: (610) 436-0674
John Milner Associates: (610) 436-9000, Ext. 214



Joshua M. Torres, MA, RPA

Occupation: Archaeologist/GIS Specialist

Current Affiliation: Colorado State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)/ Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP)

Education Level: Masters Degree

Research Interests:
I am interested in the prehistoric development of complex socio-political organization in the Greater Antilles. Currently, my research is focused on regional organization and interaction on the island of Puerto Rico with the use of Geographical Information Systems. Within this context I am also very interested in ceramic age community organization and development through time.

Contact Information:
1300 Broadway

Telephone: 303-866-2575
E-mail address:

Edil Torres Rivera

Current Affiliation: University at Buffalo

Education Level: Ph.D. in counseling psychology form the University of Connecticut (1995)

Research Interests:
Counseling needs of Amerindians. Issues of colonization and the impact on the psychological profiles of Native people in United States and its territories.

Contact Information:
Educational Psychology Department
409 Baldy Hall

Telephone: 716-645-2484 x1058
FAX number: 715-645-6616

E-mail address:

Suzanne H. Vautier

Affiliation: M.A. Student, Archaeology, University of Amsterdam

I'm a MA-student at the University of Amsterdam. I specialise in medieval and postmedieval archaeology. Currently (2005-2006) I'm doing research for my final MA-thesis, a multidisciplinary research into the occupational and land-use history of a plantation on Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles). Archives, travel-descriptions, archaeological finds and field notes, plans and maps, (aerial) photographs, and oral history are tapped to gain insight into the rich history of this well-preserved landscape. This landscape was the home of Amerindians (subsistence, village, burials, shallow harbour, possibly saltpans), by the Spanish (cattle herding; corals, village, shallow harbour) and by the Dutch (plantation, shallow harbour, saltpans). It is the fabric on which one of the oldest and best preserved plantation systems has evolved.

Research interests: I'm interested in studying the long-term processes of the way in which people have interacted with each other and adapted to the landscapes they lived in, in relation to regional and supra-regional developments. * history, archaeology and anthropology of the Caribbean; plantations and slavery; early contact sites; long-term processes concerning the colonial expansion of Europeans and the effects thereof * urban archaeology * the landscapes of castles and fortifications * the archaeology of medieval and postmedieval landscapes * maritime archaeology

Publications: In 2004 J.M.E.V. Dolmans (et al.): Daelenbroeck; hoofdzetel van een vrijheerlijkheid. De geschiedenis van een hervonden monument. - ISBN 90-288-36-446 (the historical, architectural and archaeological research into a Dutch castle dating to 1326).

If you have any (preliminary) research results or reports on plantation archaeology or the archaeology of slavery in the Caribbean, and are willing to share this information, please let me know. There aren't a lot of publications on these topics available in the Netherlands. I have collected all the online publications though along with the articles in the journal of the SHA from 1999 onwards. Furthermore I'm looking for information on Spanish cattle "ranches" in the 16th and fist half of the 17th century in the more arid Caribbean. According to my current understanding, the (few) Spanish on Curacao with help from Amerindians were herding large herds of cattle. As no built structures from the Spanish period survive on the island, it would be good to learn more about the kind of -supposedly- informal houses and building techniques these people used for other subsistence and cattle related structures (like corals) as well. And don't tell me they used cactus-fences, please;-) Finally, if you are interested in my MA-research, just let me know. I'm happy to answer your questions.

Contact Information:
Marnixstraat 116 Rood
2023 RJ
The Netherlands
Telephone: 0031235492855

Dr. Neil L. Whitehead

Affiliation (and mailing address):
Department of Anthropology, 
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 
1180 Observatory Drive, 
WI 53706, USA

Editor, Ethnohistory

BA: (Honours) in Psychology & Philosophy, Oxford University 1977.
Diploma in Social Anthropology: Oxford University - 1978. 
D.Phil. in Social Anthropology: Oxford University - 1984. 
[thesis title - The Conquest of the Caribs of the Orinoco Basin]
MA: Oxford University - 1987

2002   Dark Shamans. Kanaimà and the Poetics of Violent Death. (Duke University Press)

2001 Histories and Historicities in Amazonia. (University of Nebraska Press)

2001. Beyond the Visible and the Material. Retrospect and Prospect in Amazonian Anthropology. (Ed. With Laura Rival). Oxford University Press.

1999 War in the Tribal Zone. Expanding States and Indigenous Warfare. (ed. with R. B. Ferguson) School of American Research Press: Santa Fe. (2nd edition)

1997 The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empire of Guiana by Sir Walter Ralegh. (Edited, annotated and transcribed). Exploring Travel Series Vol. 1, Manchester: Manchester University Press and, American Exploration & Travel Series Vol. 71, Norman: Oklahoma University Press.

1995 Wolves from the Sea. Readings in the Archaeology and Anthropology of the Island Carib. (ed. N. L. Whitehead). Leiden: KITLV Press. 

1992 War in the Tribal Zone. Expanding States and Indigenous Warfare. (ed. with R. B. Ferguson) School of American Research Press: Santa Fe.

1992 Wild Majesty. Encounters with Caribs from Columbus to the Present Day. An Anthology. (ed. with P. Hulme). Oxford University Press.

1988 Lords of the Tiger_Spirit. A history of the Caribs in colonial Venezuela and Guyana, 1498_1820. Dordrecht_Providence: Foris Publications.

Contact Information:
Telephone: (608) 262-2866 / 7395 
Fax: (608) 265-4216


Dr. Samuel M. Wilson

University of Texas at Austin
Department of Anthropology
Associate Professor of Archaeology

BA., History, Southwest Missouri State University, 1978
MA., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1981
Bachelor of Letters, Prehistory, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1982
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1986

Research Interests:
I am an archaeologist and historical anthropologist interested in processes of cultural interactions in "contact situations" -- which is to say nearly always in the human experience. I am interested in the emergence of complex forms of social and political organization in human history, and the relationship of different kinds of information technology to social and political structures. I've studied the culture of the indigenous people of the Caribbean and the events that have taken place after the arrival of Europeans, and have also studied the prehistory of the Caribbean. I've carried out archaeological research on the small Caribbean island of Nevis for several years.


1999 The Emperor's Giraffe and Other Stories of Culture Contact. Westview Press. 

1997 The Aboriginal People of the Caribbean, edited vol., The University Press of Florida 

1993 Ethnohistory and Archaeology: Approaches to Postcontact Change in the Americas. J. Daniel Rogers and Samuel M. Wilson (eds). New York: Plenum Press. 

1990 Hispaniola: Caribbean Chiefdoms in the Age of Columbus. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Contact Information:

Department of Anthropology
University of Texas
Telephone: 512 471 0057
FAX: 512 471 6535



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