Ruins of the post-classical Mayan town of Tulum on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Penninsula
The original ancient inhabitants of the Caribbean islands which lie not too far from the mainland Maya region of Central America were a nation of simple farmers and hunters known as the TAINOS.
The Taino People arrived in the Caribbean several thousand years ago. Our ancient ancestral homeland is the South American headwaters of the Orinoco river, the northern coasts, rain forests and the plains of Guyana and Venezuela where our ethnic relatives, the modern Arawak people still live. Our ancestors brought with them the core of that South American forest culture. It tenaciously clung to them in the intonation of their Arawak dialects, the agricultural tradition of yuca cultivation and the manufacture of Casava bread, the style of their pottery.