The Indigenous Caribbean Center was formerly, for 10 years, the Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink. As part of its 10th anniversary, a renaming and restructuring of the site took place, to better reflect contemporary meanings and indigenous self-representations in the region and its diaspora, to allow for greater collaboration among the contributors to the site, and to permit users to post comments and questions on each page and article in the site. The editorial structure has changed as well, in that there is no longer an “editor in chief” and no official webmaster. Finally, the plain text mirror site of the CAC was also deleted.
The Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink was first established in September of 1998 by Maximilian C. Forte, and published from the borough of Arima on the island of Trinidad that is part of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. By March of 1999, an international editorial board was formed. At one time or another, CAC editors have been based in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and France.
The CAC’s motto was “From the Guyanas to Central America, from the Antilles to North America”. North America was included since many Caribbean territories currently have diasporic populations resident there, i.e., Tainos from Puerto Rico and Garifunas from Belize. Central America was included due to the deportation of “Black Caribs” from St. Vincent in the 1790s to that region, with contemporary communities existing in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, amongst whom the Island Carib language is still spoken. The Guyanas (Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana) have formed a cultural and historical part of the Caribbean, from pre-colonial times to the present.
For more about the ICC, older pages have been imported to help explain the coverage, the contributors, and the vision statement guiding this site. If interested in reading more, please see the following:
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