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Title: Caciques and Cemí Idols
Authors: R. Oliver, José
Keywords: Taino Indians—Colonization
Issue Date: 2009
Description: The arguments presented in this book were essentially written in a rather short, intense period of just under fi ve months, from early November 2006 to early March 2007. Yet the ideas and insights took much longer to gestate. My interest in this topic began in the early 1970s as a teenager, with my curiosity in trying to understand the potential meanings that could be elicited from rock art and iconography, most particularly the petroglyphs that so frequently are found engraved in stonedemarcated plazas or precincts (bateyes), but are also painted or carved in caves and on rock boulders found in rivers and dotted throughout the land. From these rather naïve initial efforts, my thinking eventually matured and led to an in-depth analysis of the iconography of the civic-ceremonial center of Caguana, Puerto Rico (Oliver 1980, 1992, 1998, 2005). It was while writing the Caguana papers and the book in the 1980s and ’90s that I became increasingly concerned not so much with the objets d’art per se, but with the relationships that they may have had with the native peoples who created and used them
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1636-5
Appears in Collections:Archeology and Heritage Management

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