Opening Reception for Exhibition: We Are Still Here: Taíno Survival and Identity

The Puerto Rican Day Parade of Newark, NJ in partnership with the Newark Public Library presents the exhibit We Are Still Here: Taíno Survival and Identity. Through historic artifacts and contemporary art, the exhibit celebrates the survival of the Taínos, the indigenous people of the Caribbean, and their culture in the Caribbean and U.S. diaspora. We Are Still Here was curated by Sonia Vera and Jaimí Kauríx Rodríguez.

Sunday, September 10, 2017
5:00 – 9:30 pm
Main Library
5 Washington Street, Newark

The opening reception at the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, will feature a ceremonial dance, presentations, and a book signing.

The evening’s program will feature the following events:

Exhibition Viewing and Reception
5:00 – 6:00 pm
First Floor Gallery

Areyto, a Taíno ceremony with music and dance
6:00 – 6:30 pm
First Floor Atrium

Presentations about Taíno History and Culture
6:45 – 9:00 pm
Centennial Hall

  • “The Myth of Taíno Extinction in Borikén,” Martín Caciba Opil Veguilla, leader of El Concilio Taíno Guatú-Ma-Cú A Borikén
  • “The Survival of Taínos in Kiskeya and Cultural Elements in the Caribbean,” Jorge Baracutei Estévez, Taíno from the Dominican Republic, Coordinator of Public Programs and Research Assistant, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
  • “Taíno Culture: Survival and Identity in Cuba,” José Hatuey Barreiro, Ph.D., member of the Taíno Nation of the Antilles, Scholar Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution

Following the presentations, there will be a Q and A session, and a book signing by Dr. Barreiro.

The exhibition will be on view during regular Library hours, Monday through Saturday, from September 10 to October 31, 2017. Group visits and more details are available by calling La Sala Hispanoamericana at the Library at 973-733-7772. The exhibit is part of Latino Celebration 2017, with a focus on Puerto Rico.

Image: El Concilio Taíno Guatú Ma Cú A Borikén. Photo courtesy of El Concilio Taíno.

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