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Indigenous heritage of the Caribbean


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Degree students (including Dutch BA graduates): BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology, Latin American Studies or a relevant discipline.

SAP and Exchange Students: BA degree. Admission only after formal application.


Indigenous heritage is an interdisciplinary course covering archaeological, anthropological, and ethnolinguistic topics. The themes change on a yearly basis, and this year it is designed to gain an in-depth knowledge of Amerindian ontologies in the circum-Caribbean.
We focus on key concepts of place and space; sociality and transformation; conviviality and conflict; leadership and possession; historical incorporation and the landscape.

Throughout this course we trace the link between South American Tropical Lowland cultures and the Caribbean. We will base ourselves on ethnographic articles and texts, supplemented with recent archaeological and linguistic literature, to discuss the relations in Amerindian ontologies as seen from these disciplines.

Course objectives

  • To gain an in-depth knowledges of and ability to analyse key notions in Amerindian ontologies from a multi-disciplinary perspective;

  • Ability to re-evaluate current academic notions of time and space;

  • Ability to compare and evaluate current research trends of Amerindian ontologies;

  • Ability to demonstrate the relevance of Guianan cultural premises for the Caribbean.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Essay;

  • Presentation.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Participation (20%);

  • Essay (50%);

  • Presentation (30%).

Assessment deadline

The essay deadline is 4 April 2013.

Reading list

To be announced.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Exchange students: please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contractonderwijs: all information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact mw dr E.B. Carlin or A.A.A. Mol MPhil.