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Aug
08

Indiana Jones’ Revenge: Stolen Taino Artifacts being sold from France; Conquering Garifuna Beaches; Undoing Columbus

Over at one of the other blogs for which I write occasionally, The CAC Review, you can read a story of how a dealer wrote to me (oddly enough in my capacity as the current, soon to be former, editor of Kacike) advertising various Taino artifacts for sale that were removed from the Dominican Republic, illegally. A collaborator and comrade indicated that this would be just a tiny fragment of what has been seized. Images of the stolen items are shown in that post. It is saddening to see foreign raiders continuing to plunder the Caribbean across the centuries, as if it were something lying in wait to be raped.

On that same blog, see another post for this week, which outlines other attempts at raiding the Caribbean, such as the mega tourist project planned for the Honduran Garifuna’s “wasted” beaches.

Clearly, not all Europeans take pleasure in conquest: a dozen Italian, pro-indigenous, organizations are undoing the “legacy” of Christopher Columbus from the very centre, with a campaign starting in Genoa itself, lobbying the Italian Parliament to make October 11 a day of remembrance of the genocide of indigenous peoples. That day is the day before “Columbus Day.” This should send one signal to some wayward Italo-American ethnic politicians who have invented “Columbus Day” as a statement of Italian pride: it is not, and please stop acting in our names.

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2 Responses to “Indiana Jones’ Revenge: Stolen Taino Artifacts being sold from France; Conquering Garifuna Beaches; Undoing Columbus”


  1. 1 mike
    November 9, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    spy guy – defamatory guy

  2. November 10, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Defamation:
    –noun
    -the act of defaming; false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel; calumny: She sued the magazine for defamation of character.

    You are engaging in defamation by claiming that the information provided above — which was straight and direct from the source — is fabricated. In other words, you are calling me a liar.

    Moreover, there is no spying involved when I reveal the information provided by illegal traffickers in stolen artifacts, who communicated this information directly to me and without any solicitation on my part. In other words, next time don’t be so stupid as to send a list of stolen Taino artifacts for sale to the editor of a pro-indigenous journal!

    You are, therefore, a thief, a liar, and pretty dumb as well. At least this time you appeared without your fake Taino identity, which was another act of theft.


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