Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationTexas, Austin, U. of
Grant numberGr. 9460
Approve DateApril 25, 2017
Project TitleGonzalez, Christina M., U. ot Texas, Austin, TX - To aid research on 'Be(com)ing TaÃno: Transnational Puerto Ricans and the Making of a Resurgent Indigeneity,' supervised by Dr. Circe Sturm
Preliminary abstract: My research seeks to explore how and why some people articulate themselves as belonging to a cultural identity normatively believed to be extinct, and the challenges that arise when the identity being asserted is one oriented around claims to being an Indigenous People. The TaÃno people of the Caribbean are arguably the world’s paradigmatic extinct Native, and yet TaÃno cultural identities are emerging and developing throughout the Caribbean and in its respective diasporas. Puerto Ricans provide the clearest example of the growth of this (re)emergent identity from recent Census data. I propose to explore the logics and processes that inform ‘becoming’ Taino in the 21st century by conducting multi-sited fieldwork with transnational Puerto Rican TaÃno-identified families and their social networks in the Bronx, New York. I will move with them throughout New York City, to Puerto Rico and over social media to examine how and why they articulate themselves as TaÃno and recover and (re)construct a TaÃno indigeneity.