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Arawak

(ä`räwäk), linguistic stock of indigenous people who came from South America and, at the time of the Spanish Conquest, occupied the islands of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Trinidad, and other areas of Amazonia. Before the arrival of the Spanish they were driven from the Lesser Antilles by the CaribsCaribs
, native people formerly inhabiting the Lesser Antilles, West Indies. They are also known as Island Caribs; their Domincan descendants called themselves Kalinago.
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. Most of the Arawak of the Antilles died out or intermarried after the Spanish conquest. In South America, Arawakan-speaking groups are widespread, from SW Brazil to Colombia and Venezuela, representing a wide range of cultures. They are found mostly in the tropical forest areas N of the Amazon. As with all Amazonian native peoples, contact with white settlement has led to culture change and depopulation among these groups.
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Variations of this myth are found among other Arawak groups, namely the Yanesha, where the main protagonist is Ayots and his son Poparrona (Santos-Granero 2002), and also among the Nomatsiguenga where Abireri becomes Mabireri and Kiri becomes Queri (Shavar and Dodds 1990).
The Garinagu are descendants of Carib, Arawak and West African people who live in the coastal regions of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
On the one hand, the analysis of Arawak and Taino history has become the central agenda of a series of studies that attempt to recover the actual contribution of indigenous cultures in the configuration of contemporary Caribbean cultures.
The Garifuna language is spoken by the descendants of Carib, Arawak and West African people in Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize, communities that originated from African slaves shipwrecked on the Caribbean island of St Vincent.
it's Chocolate Pyramid and she's approaching the final markers now MOOR, ALGONQUIN, CARIB, ABORIGINE ARAWAK, MAROON, SEMINOLE, GULLAH, GEECHEE Chocolate Pyramid's way out front in first place the others are barreling around the track quickly approaching the last straight-away and Snowball Express is beginning to make his move he's putting on pressure from the rear scrambling to make up for lost time but it's going to be impossible for Snowball Express to catch up ...
It was a way to provide labor in a country where the indigenous Arawak population had been virtually wiped off the face of the earth by colonizers within a decade of Columbus claiming the land for Spain.