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Taino Indian Language
Taino is an Arawakan
language of the Caribbean, originally spoken in what is now Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.
Today there are two Taino languages: the original Taino tongue--which, though not spoken as a first language today, is being taught
to Taino children in an active language revival program--and
a unique Spanish-Taino creole, spoken by many Taino people, using Spanish grammar but with half of its vocabulary words
Taino in origin. As with many creoles, monolingual Spanish speakers cannot understand this new Taino-Spanish language at all.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Taino language, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
Dictionary of the Taino Language
Online Taino dictionary with translations in English and Spanish.
Taino language information from Indigenous Languages of the Caribbean.
The Origin and Survival of Taino
A good article on the creolization of Taino and the Taino contributions to Caribbean Spanish dialects.
Taíno Vocabulary in Puerto Rico
List of Taino loanwords used in Puerto Rican Spanish, with their meanings.
Dominican Taino Words
List of Taino loanwords used in the Dominican Republic, with their meanings.
Taino translation of the Lord's Prayer.
Demographic information about Taino from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Taino Language Tree:
Theories about Taino's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Encylopedia article about the Taino language.
Diccionario Taino La Lenguaje Taino
Taino language information in Spanish.
Languages Of The Pre-Columbian Antilles
A nice overview of Taino and other Arawakan and native Caribbean languages.
Diccionario Taino Ilustrado
Taino dictionary for sale, also with lots of linguistic information about the Taino language.
(Ignore the Amazon.com claim that this book is in Arabic; it is written in Spanish!)
Jatibonicu Taino Tribal Nation of Boriken
Official homepage of the Taino tribe of Puerto Rico.
Jatibonicu Taino Tribal Band of New Jersey
Many Puerto Rican Taino people emigrated to New Jersey; the offshoot band there is recognized by the main Jatibonicu tribe.
Article on the history and culture of the Taino Indians.
Overview of Taino Indian history.
Pictures and descriptions of the Taino tribal flag.
Spicy Taino Guanaho (Wild Turkey):
Traditional Taino recipes.
Taino Tribe Resources:
The Tainos: Rise & Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus
History of the Taino Indians for sale.
Columbus and the Golden World of the Island Arawaks
An interesting description of the interactions between the Europeans and the Taino Indians.
Taino: Pre-Columbian Art and Culture from the Caribbean
A gorgeous photographic exhibit of Taino artwork.
An interesting sociology book on Taino and Puerto Rican identity today.
The Legend of the Hummingbird:
Picture book illustrating a Taino Indian legend about the origin of hummingbirds.
Additional Resources, Links, and References
Wikipedia: Taino Britannica: Taino:
Encyclopedia articles about the Tainos and their language.
Information about the Taino language in Spanish.
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