Christina Gonzalez

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Texas, Austin, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9460

Approve Date

April 25, 2017

Project Title

Gonzalez, Christina M., U. ot Texas, Austin, TX - To aid research on 'Be(com)ing Taíno: 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 Taíno people of the Caribbean are arguably the world’s paradigmatic extinct Native, and yet Taíno 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 Taíno-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 Taíno and recover and (re)construct a Taíno indigeneity.