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Núñez, M., & Walker Vadillo, V. (2023). Searching for the long-lost ‘Indios’ in Cuba’s cultural-genetic amalgam. In: A. Lahelma, M. Lavento, K. Mannermaa, M. Ahola, E. Holmqvist, & K. Nordqvist (Eds.), Moving northward: Professor Volker Heyd's Festschrift as he turns 60 (pp. 177-192). Archaeological Society of Finland.

Searching for the long-lost ‘Indios’ in Cuba’s cultural-genetic amalgam

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Author: Núñez, Milton1; Walker Vadillo, Verónica2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
2University of Helsinki, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Archaeological Society of Finland, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-09-22


This paper discusses old and new ideas about the origins and migration routes of Cuba’s pre-Columbian inhabitants as well as their fate after European contact. The deep-rooted and widespread notion that the Indocubans and their culture were obliterated by disease, mistreat, and the overwhelming influx of European settlers and African slaves is shown to be fallacious on the basis of surviving ethnohistorical data, official documents, and recent DNA research.

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Series: Monographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland
ISSN: 1799-862X
ISSN-E: 1799-8611
ISSN-L: 1799-862X
ISBN: 978-952-69942-4-6
ISBN Print: 978-952-69942-3-9
Volume: 11
Pages: 177 - 192
Host publication: Moving northward : professor Volker Heyd's Festschrift as he turns 60
Host publication editor: Lahelma, Antti
Lavento, Mika
Mannermaa, Kristiina
Ahola, Marja
Holmqvist, Elisabeth
Nordqvist, Kerkko
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: This research was partially funded by the Academy of Finland, Project Grant 332396.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 332396
Detailed Information: 332396 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2023 The Authors.