1 Island Exchanges

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Cranial modification
Macaw/parrot feathers
Anthropomorphic celt
Wooden bowl of maize stew
Anthropomorphic cemi
Stone beads
Belt with shell beads
Cotton hammock
Cotton Apron
Ear flare
Red body paint
Black body paint
Cranial modification
Beaded cap
Gold nostril ornament

Island Exchanges

A Hispaniolan (Taíno) emissary presents a siba (stone celt) to the Lucayan cacique (chief), who welcomes him to his village with an entourage of family members ceremonially painted and attired in a rich variety of stone and shell bead body ornaments (including belts, naguas – women’s aprons, necklaces and ear flares). 

The emissary has come to offer in trade the stone artefacts from his village - not available in the Lucayan archipelago - for the small shell beads so expertly made in the region. 

The ceremonial nature of this exchange underscores that these inter-island connections were not simply about accessing materials and artefacts, but about the social connections that bound people together in these long-distance networks.


Unit 1a: Island Exchanges, all figures (JPG, 0.8 MB)

Unit 1b: Island Exchanges, Cacique ​​​​​​​(JPG, 0.5 MB)

Unit 1c: Island Exchanges, 3 Generations ​​​​​​​(JPG, 0.5 MB)

Unit 1d: Island Exchanges, Emissary ​​​​​​​(JPG, 0.8 MB)