New volume on Puerto Rican heritage launched

25 March 2013

Caguana: legado historico (ISBN: 978-0-86581-662-6) by Jose Oliver

Jose Oliver's new book 'Caguana: legado historico' (Caguana: A Historical Heritage) was recently launched at a special event in Puerto Rico.

The volume, published by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) in San Juan, PR and launched at a special event held at the Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Caguana on 16 March, is written in Spanish for the many visitors (lay as well as specialists) to the first archaeological park Puerto Rico has had. 

The land was purchased in 1955 and it was restored and opened to the public in 1964. As well as its importance as an archaeological ceremonial centre (AD 1280-1500), its iconography has played a major role in creating national and indigenous identities and has been deployed as essential visual imagery in modern political agendas. 

Less well understood are the potential meanings that the iconography (petroglyphs) had for the pre-Columbian ‘Tainos’ and how such images (veritable agents of causality) interacted with aboriginal actors in the context of diverse rituals and ceremonies.