On Saturday, September 8th, CitiGen PI Hannes Schroeder presented recent research at a meeting at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York, entitled “Taíno: A Symposium in Conversation with the Movement”. The meeting was scheduled to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition titled “Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean”. On the day, experts representing Indigenous studies, human genetics, anthropology, linguistics, and other academic disciplines came together to discuss exhibition themes in dialogue with Taíno/Indigenous Caribbean community leaders and cultural workers. The symposium explored the history of the Taíno movement, particularly through the experiences and perspectives of its participants, seeking to support the exchange of knowledge produced within academic fields among subject experts, the diverse Taíno community, and other Caribbean people of Native descent, with a special emphasis on advancing the voices of women scholars and participants in this contemporary Native heritage movement.
CitiGen is an international research project that aims to study how modern and ancient genomic data are being used to shape public understandings of the past.
Headquartered at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, CitiGen involves academic partners from Iceland, Ireland, and the UK, as well as non-academic partners from the fields of genetic ancestry testing, family tree research, and public engagement with science.
The project is funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Joint Research Programme “Uses of the Past”.