Caribbean Indigenous Peoples: Literature

Updated: 10/30/2020
Caribbean Indigenous Peoples: Literature
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Caribbean Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean

Lesson Plans by Liane Hicks

When Columbus and his men first landed on the islands of the Caribbean believing that they had made it to Asia, they encountered a thriving civilization of people who had been living there for thousands of years. Mistaking his location, Columbus referred to these people as Indians. In fact, they were the Taíno, Lucayan and Carib, the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean. They were the first people of the Americas to be victims of European invasion, enslavement, and colonization, which resulted in devastating consequences for the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. It is vital to confront our history and the reality of its impact.

Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean

Storyboard Description

Illustrate figurative language in stories about the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean! This example is of Encounter by Jane Yolen.

Storyboard Text

  • Chunga-Chunga
  • ”And they gave hollow shells with tongues that sang chunga-chunga.”
  • "In my dream . . . three great-winged birds with voices like thunder rode wild waves in our bay."
  • "The hand felt like flesh and blood, but the skin was moon to my sun.”