The rich Taino culture of the pre-Columbian Carribean was one of the first casualties of European discovery. While little remains now, before the 16th century, it was an advanced and complex society spanning dozens of remote islands, reaching into Central and South America. This exhibition gathers a handful of surviving artifacts from the Taino that demonstrate the religious, economic and political complexity of their society. Most often featured are religious icons, including masks and pendants intricately carved from native stone and gems. The exhibit ends with the Guenica-inspired Rumor de la Tierra by Cuagn Wilfredo Lam.
On this island ... only their songs, which they call areitos, are their book or history that remains from people to people, from parents to children, and from those present to those to come.