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Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find a series of bite-sized lessons that explore the history, cultures and religions of indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, such as the Arawaks and Tainos. Our expert instructors present information about these peoples' languages, social structures, artifacts and symbols. Complete the chapter at your own pace using any Internet-connected device. The chapter also comes with interactive self-assessment quizzes to help you retain your knowledge. If you have any questions about the chapter topics, you can submit them to our instructors online. When you're finished, you should be equipped to:
- Summarize the history of the Taino people
- Discuss the Taino civilization in terms of its economy, politics and social structure
- Describe Taino art, artifacts, symbols and petroglyphs
- Recognize the characteristics of Taino religion, culture and language
- Evaluate the culture, art and religion of the Arawaks
- Interpret facts about the Arawak tribe's language, symbols and history
1. Taino People: History, Language & Culture
The Taino people lived throughout the Caribbean before the arrival of Columbus. After European arrival, their culture was all but wiped out. In this lesson, we will learn about their history, language, and culture.
2. Taino Civilization: Economy and Political & Social Structure
The pre-contact Americas were full of some incredible cultures. In this lesson we'll get to know one of them as we explore the culture, economy, and politics of the Taino people.
3. Taino Artifacts: Art, Petroglyphs & Symbols
Have you ever carved your name into a rock? Some early island cultures in the Caribbean created distinctive rock art. In this lesson, explore the art and symbols of the Taino culture, including petroglyphs.
4. Taino Religion: Legends, Gods & Creation Myth
In this lesson, you'll explore some of the myths and symbols associated with the gods and goddesses of the Taino people of the Caribbean Islands. You'll also see how these gods and goddesses relate to each other in the myth of creation.
5. Arawak Peoples: Culture, Art & Religion
In this lesson, learn about the Arawak peoples, an indigenous culture from South America and the Caribbean. Explore their religion, language, family, food and other aspects of their culture. Also, discover the different art forms they developed.
6. Arawak Tribe: History, Language & Symbols
If you would like to learn more about the very first native tribe encountered by Christopher Columbus, this lesson is for you. In this lesson we will discuss the history and language of the Arawak Tribe.
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Other chapters within the History, Culture & People of the Americas course
- The Pre-Columbian Era
- The Aztec Empire
- The Mayan Empire
- The Moche Civilization
- The Toltec Empire
- European Arrival & Colonization of the Americas
- Indigenous Peoples of South America
- Indigenous Peoples, Culture & History of Mexico
- Independence Movements & Organizations of Indigenous Peoples
- The Iroquois Confederacy