The Caribbean Ties exhibit was developed as part of the NEXUS1492 project. Nexus 1492: New World encounters in a globalizing world (2013-2019) is a project funded by the European Research Council and is based upon many years of research and mutual collaboration with partnering institutions throughout the Caribbean. The project addressed the impacts of colonial invasion, exploitation, and the transformation on Caribbean Indigenous cultures and societies. Furthermore, the project sought to increase the historical awareness, protection, and safeguarding of tangible and intangible heritage of the Caribbean region.
This transdisciplinary project brought together international researchers, institutes, NGOs, governmental organizations, and local communities. It addressed major themes, including transformations in landscapes, health, foodways, funerary practices, migration, mobility and exchange, and material culture repertoires. It also focused on oral traditions, the resilience of Indigenous cultural and religious practices, legislation, heritage management, museum collections, and education.
NEXUS1492 used cutting edge methods and techniques (e.g. ancient DNA, isotope, paleobotany, use-wear analysis, forensic studies, remote sensing, and network science) and developed new analytical tools to understand the transformation of Indigenous cultures and societies at the advent of the European invasion. Knowledge exchange, traditional knowledge, and public outreach were at the fore of NEXUS1492. The project also aimed to contribute to the current societal debates on decolonization, inter-cultural dynamics, inclusivity, social cohesion, identity, and climate change.
The CaribTRAILS project (2019-2024) continues on this important work. Through comparative research with regions that have similar colonial histories, CaribTRAILS aims to place Indigenous Caribbean pre- and post-colonial history in a global perspective. The project thereby aims to contribute to the debate on decolonization of archaeological practices; human rights of Indigenous peoples and the social adaptation to climate change; the confrontation between ethnic groups, cultures, and religions; and issues related to changing social relations, inter-cultural dialogue, social cohesion, and diversity in an increasingly globalized world.
The development of the Virtual Caribbean Ties online museum is one of the outcomes of CaribTRAILS.
Emma de Mooij, Corinne Hofman, Tibisay Sankatsing Nava, Katarina Jacobson, Kevin Farmer, John Angus Martin, Ashleigh Morris, Jorge Ulloa Hung, Andrea Richards, Arlene Alvarez, Irvince Nanichi Auguiste, Winston Phulgence, Ivo Nederlof, Finn van der Leden, Laura van de Pol, Myrthe Sassen, Eleni Seferidou, Nienke Hop, Rosa Mason, Elliot Steixner, Vita Schouten, Anne Brouwer, Amber Peut, Kotone Makino, Fiona 't Hart, Georg Muller, Eren Roso Demirtas, Koen van Rijn, Héloise Bellouard, Franziska Weinert, Noud Selten, Anna Ruokolainen, Angelique Mullings, Jeroen Huizer, Kotone Makino, Nina Witteman, Tessa Bosch, Thomas Hijzen, Peter Fioole, Jasper Meijer, Anouk van de Ven, Jemma McGloin, Catarina Guzzo Falci, Jason Laffoon, Roberto Valcárcel Rojas, Marlieke Ernst, Gene Shev, and .
Tibisay Sankatsing Nava, Corinne Hofman, Jorge Ulloa Hung, Alice Knaf, Amy Strecker, Andrzej Antczak, Andy Ciofalo, Angus Martin, Angus Mol, Anneleen Stienaers, Arelis Arocho Montes, Arie Boomert, Arlene Alvarez, Bert Neyt, Catarina Guzzo Falci, Darlene Weston, Eduardo Herrera Malatesta, Eldris Con Aguilar, Eloise Stancioff, Emma de Mooij, Emma Slayton, Esther Plomp, Finn van der Leden, Floris Keehnen, Gareth Davies, Gene Shev, Habiba, Hannes Schroeder, Hayley Mickleburgh, Ilone de Vries, Isabella von Holstein, Jaime Pagán-Jiménez, Jan Christoph Athenstädt, Jana Pesoutova, Janne Koornneef, Jason Laffoon, Jimmy Mans, Joseph Sony Jean, Julijan Vermeer, Katarina Jacobson, Kirsten Ziesemer, Lewis Borck, Maribel Adame Valero, Marlena Antczak, Marlieke Ernst, Maroussia Favre, Menno Hoogland, Mereke van Garderen, Noa Corcoran-Tadd, Patrick Degryse, Pauline Kulstad, Roberto Valcárcel Rojas, Samantha de Ruiter, Simone Casale, Termeh Shafie, Till Sonnemann, Thomas Breukel, Tom Brughmans, Ulrik Brandes, Viviana Amati, Wouter Kool, and Zara Ali.
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