Amerindians of the Caribbean

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Topic…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2

Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2

History................................................................................................................................. 3

Appearance ……………………………………………………………………………… 3-4

Entertainment ……………………………………………………………………………… 5

Housing …………………………………………………………………………………… 5-6

Survival (farming and hunting)…………………………………………………………… 6-8

Religion……………………………………………………………………………………. 8

References………………………………………………………………………………… 9

Topic: The Arawak of Guyana, their cultures, land use patterns and their effect on the landscape and biota.

Introduction

The Arawaks are thought to have settled at Hosororo
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Their hair was straight and black but coarse and was usually worn long.

Figure 2: showing an Arawak family
The Arawak men painted their bodies with bright colored dyes with clay and fat mixed all over smearing patterns all over their bodies: “some of them … with black, others white and others red, most of them on their bodies and some on their faces, and eyes or only the nose”. The favorite paint was Roucou a red dye, besides being colorful, the clay and grease kept insects and rain off. The Arawaks also had body piercings and wore ornaments made from clay, shell and cotton.
A plate of gold and copper alloy called the guanin was worn by chiefs who also dressed in gold crowns and feather headdresses.
Sometimes the Arawaks had gold in their noses as plugs or hanging ornaments. The Arawaks saw gold as nothing more than a form of decoration. The women wore simple bead aprons and necklaces.
A number of small amulets (Fig. 2) or charms were carried in sacks around the neck, foot and wrist. Others made from cotton; shell and clay were woven into hair.

Figure 3: showing amulets worn or carried by the Arawaks

Entertainment

The Arawaks had ample leisure time and many festivals marked by the Arawak year, some religious and some not so. For example the naming of a baby was time to rejoicing of the Arawaks that a child without a name will meet with great misfortune. The wedding of a cacique and the inauguration of a new cacique were times of festivity.

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