The Taíno of the Caribbean were the first Native American people to encounter Spanish explorers. Historical accounts and the archaeological record indicate a dynamic culture rich with artistic and religious expression ideally suited for life among the islands. This lecture provides an overview of the Taíno, examines their acts of accommodation and resistance to colonization, and explores how their legacy has — and continues to — influence peoples and cultures around the world.

Matthew Barbour holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from UNM and works for the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. He is the regional manager of Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Under Barbour’s management, Coronado Historic Site received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and Jemez Historic Site received the Archaeology Heritage Preservation Award. He has published more than 200 nonfiction articles and monographs.