Reconsidering Taíno Social Dynamics after Spanish Conquest: Gender and Class in Culture Contact Studies

  title={Reconsidering Ta{\'i}no Social Dynamics after Spanish Conquest: Gender and Class in Culture Contact Studies},
  author={Kathleen A. Deagan},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={597 - 626}
  • K. Deagan
  • Published 1 October 2004
  • Sociology
  • American Antiquity
Despite the fact that the Taíno people of the Caribbean were the first Native Americans to encounter and coexist with Europeans after 1492, there has been almost no archaeology of Taíno response to that encounter. This study explores the reasons for (and consequences of) this neglect, and their larger implications for American contact-period archaeology. It also challenges prevailing historical models of Taíno social disintegration, drawing upon six years of archaeological work at the En Bas… 
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