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Arawak Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Arawak language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Arawak tribe and their society.

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The emphasis of these pages is on Arawaks and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Arawak history is interesting and important, but the Arawak Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and the life and struggles of today as well as the forced migrations and tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Arawak Websites

Arawak Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Arawak language.
Arawak Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Arawak culture.
Arawak Stories:
    Collection of Arawak legends and folktales.

Arawak Tribal and Community Websites

Association Kayeno:
    Homepage of a Lokono Arawak cultural organization in French Guiana. Page in French, many pictures.
Haitian Arawak Movement:
    Homepage of an organization promoting Taino and Arawak heritage on Haiti.

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Christopher Columbus and the Golden World of the Island Arawaks:
    An interesting description of the interactions between the Europeans and the Arawak Indians.
Legends and Myths of the Aboriginal Indian of British Guiana:
    Collection of Carib and Arawak Indian tales.
The Tainos: Rise & Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus:
    History of the Taino and Arawak Indians for sale.
A Brief History of the Caribbean: From the Arawak and Carib to the Present:
    Book on Caribbean history including sections on the pre-Columbian history of the Carib and Arawak tribes.
Comparative Arawakan Histories
    Anthropology book about the history and culture of the Arawak and other Arawak speaking tribes.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Arawaks and American Indians in general.

Maps of Arawak Lands

Tribal Map of the Guianas:
    Map of indigenous Arawak communities in Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana.
Tribes and Languages of Venezuela:
    Maps showing tribal territories in Venezuela.
Tribes and Languages of Brazil:
    Maps showing the Aruak areas of Brazil.

Arawak Lifestyle and Tradition

The Arawaks:
    Fact sheet on Arawak Indian culture including photos of artifacts and drawings from the 1500's.
Arawak Tribe:
    History and culture of the Taino and Arawak Indians.
Arawak Life in Photographs:
    Picture gallery of Arawak Indians living on Barbados today.
Arawak Indians:
    Overview of Taino and Arawak Indian history.
Arawak Artifacts:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Arawak clothing, tools and weapons.
Traditional Caribbean Foods:
    Indigenous Carib and Arawak food recipes.
Arawak Indians: An Anguillan History:
    Article on the history of the Arawaks in Anguilla.
Jamaican Arawak History:
    Article on the history of the Arawaks in Jamaica.
Museum of Antigua and Barbuda: Prehistory of the Antilles
    Pictures and information about ancient Arawak houses, dress, pottery, and cultural traditions.
Wikipedia: Arawak Peoples:
    Encyclopedia article on the Arawak Indian tribes and their way of life.
Indigenous Peoples: Arawak:
    Brief profile of the Arawak tribe.

Arawak Religion and Myth

Arawak Indian Legends:
    Collection of Arawak myths and legends.
Religions of Native South Americans: * Animism and Folk-Lore of the Guiana Indians:
    Online texts about Carib and Arawakan ceremonies, myths, and religious traditions.
Arawak and Taino Religion and Myths:
    Article on ancient Caribbean traditions and festivals, with pictures of religious artifacts.

Arawak Literature and Arts

Suriname Arawakan music and dance: * Danse Lokono: * Wejahalie Lokono dancers:
    Videos of Lokono singing, dancing, and traditional instuments.
Leon Couchman is on a mission to preserve local music:
    Biography of a Guyanese Lokono musician.

Arawak Politics, Issues, and News

The impact of COVID-19 among Indigenous households in Suriname:
    News article about the devastating effects of coronavirus on the Lokono and other tribes of Suriname.
Kaliña and Lokono human rights abuses: * Maroons and Indigenous people struggle for land rights:
    Articles about the hardships of the Lokono people in Suriname.
Guyanese Indigenous women of the Amazon Conservation Fellowship:
    The story of Lokono and other indigenous environmental activists in Guayana.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Arawaks * Britannica: Arawak People:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Arawak Indians.
  Arawaks y caribes * Arawak * Arahuaco * Los Arawak:
  Information about the Arawak tribe in Spanish.
  Venezuela * Guyana * Suriname * French Guiana: * Bahamas: * Guadeloupe: * Trinidad:
  Indigenous history and culture in Venezuela, the Guianas and the West Indies.
  Arawakan * Tainos and Arawaks:
  Arawak links.

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