MIDDLESEX COUNTY – County residents will be able to learn about Taíno culture this weekend, through a presentation offered by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission in collaboration with Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, Jorge Estevez will discuss Taino Culture, Past and Present at The Lodge in Thompson Park, 1701 Perrineville Road, Jamesburg/Monroe. Estevez, a Taíno from the Dominican Republic, is workshops coordinator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York. He will give a Powerpoint presentation on Taino culture and history from 1492 to the present.
The Taino Indians, the original inhabitants of the Caribbean, were the first to make contact with Columbus when he arrived in the New World. The lecture will include display objects such as clay statues, gourds, musical instruments and other items of native Taino culture.
For more information and to register for this free program, call 1-732-745-4489.
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