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Taino Indians Still Thrive in Cuba

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« on: February 26, 2008, 07:45:14 pm »


1.  Joseiio Veloz. interviews with the author. 1983, 1989. Camaguey is an agricultural region.
Many of the traditions of the guajiro country culture in Camaguey are quite similar to those
found in the Baracoa area. The term guajiro is synonymous in Cuba with campesino or country-
man-peasant. There are contending schools of thought on the etymology of the word, but
everyone agrees it is deeply rooted. Caribbean scholar Jose Juan Arrom gives it a Taino etymo-
logy. meaning "one of us." It would have been the term applied to the new mestizo generation
by the Taino elders. Some scholars, including Fernando Ortiz. point to a Vucatec, Carib. or Co-
lombian coastal origin for the term, though all concur that guajiro describes what is most auto-
chthonous in the increasingly transculturated Cuban identity. Return.

2.  As recently as 18 June 1989 ("Indians of Cuba." Granma Newspaper), a Cuban historian.
Marta Rey, asserted that the Indian families are limited to two families. the Rojas and the
Ramirez. She is in error. Rey proclaims the Indian families are too racially mixed to be called
Indians. and states. with unwarranted rigidity. "There are no absolutely legitimate Indians
left in our country."  Return.

3.  Havana linguistics professor Sergio Valdes Bernal later pointed out about 200 active
words of Arawak origin in the fauna, flora, and topography of the region. Arrom, in conver-
sation with the author, thought Valdes' estimate conservative. See "Indoamericanismos
no aruacos en el espanol de Cuba," by Sergio Valdes Bernal, in Ciencias Sociales (Havana.
1978). and "Aportes antillanos a espanol de America," by Jose J. Arrom, in Areito 7 (27).
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