The Early Caribbean Digital Archive Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean Exhibit
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Peruse Texts about Indigenous Representation
Authors of early American literature were obsessed with documenting all the newness of the new world. Below, are a number of differnt texts that feature dipictions of indigneous peoples of the caribbean.
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Early Depictions of Indigenous Peoples:
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Textual Indigenous Representation
In Hans Staden's Warhaftige Historia und beschreibung eyner Landtschafft der Wilden Nacketen, Grimmigen Menschfresser-Leuthen in der Newenwelt America gelegen (The True Story and Description of a Country of Wild, Naked, Grim, Man-eating People in the New World, America, Among the Wild Tribes of Eastern Brazil) Staden describes his captivity among the Tupinamba peoples of eastern Brazil. His sensational narrative of encounter with indigenous peoples in the 16th century became instatntly popular; the narrative had as many as 76 editions avialable in various languages by the turn of the 20th century. Staden claimed that the indigenous peoples of eastern Brazil were ferocious cannibals, and in the narrative he alleges that at one point the Tupinamba were moments away from eating him. Scholarship on the text is divided. Some feel that the narrative is more fact than fiction while others feel that the text is an important document depicting early encounters between Europeans and Indigneous Americans. Click the image to the left to read Han Staden's narrative and decide for yourself what is fact and what may have been fiction.