Showing the cultural and patrimonial diversity that existed in the Caribbean before the arrival of the Spaniards in 1492 is one of the purposes of the exhibition Lazos Caribeños that will open on May 24 at the Provincial Museum La Periquera, in the city of Holguín.
The exhibition will present results of studies conducted by the Nexus 1492 Caribbean Research Group, one of the largest academic projects focused on the analysis of the indigenous heritage of this region and led by the Dutch University of Leiden, the Free University of Amsterdam and the German University Konstanz.
For six months, Caribbean Ties will provide new results on that period of our history, which will foster mutual understanding among the peoples of this region of America and link this knowledge to the indigenous past revealed, the common present and the inclusive future of the region, said Bertty Juan Almanza, a specialist of the Center of Investigations and Environmental Services (Cisat) of Holguín, co-sponsoring institution of the expo.
The exhibition addresses four topics that deepen into the transformation of indigenous Caribbean cultures and societies through historical division; human mobility and circulation of materials and objects; reconstruction of the archaeological network and its transformation through the historical gap and a future for the diverse Caribbean heritage.
Lazos Caribeños will open in May, simultaneously, in another 10 countries of the region, an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the aboriginal history of these lands and thus increase awareness of the heritage of local communities.
NEXUS 1492 is an interdisciplinary research project, which includes several international and regional associate researchers, and contributes to rewriting a crucial chapter in global history by focusing on the transformations of indigenous, Indo-American cultures and societies through the historical division of 1492.