José Barreiro

Former Assistant Director for Research and Director, Office for Latin America, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

José Barreiro was the Assistant Director for Research and Director, Office for Latin America, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. A member of the Taino Nation of the Antilles, Dr. Barreiro is a pioneering figure in Native American journalism and publishing. He co-edited, with Dr. John Mohawk, the national Native journal, Akwesasne Notes, from 1975-1984. In 1984, he co-founded the Native American Journalists Association. At Cornell University from 1984 to 2002, he served as associate director and editor-in-chief of Akwe:kon Press and the journal Native Americas. His program at Akwe:kon developed communications and community development networks among indigenous peoples of the Americas. Dr. Barreiro’s significant publications at Cornell: Indian Roots of American Democracy (1988); Indian Corn of the Americas: Gift to the World (1989); Indigenous Economics: Toward a Natural World Order (1990), View from the Shore: American Indian Perspectives on the Columbus Quincentenary (1990), Chiapas: Challenging History (1994).

At the NMAI, among other work, Dr. Barreiro lead the Caribbean Indigenous Legacies Project (CILP), which conducts research and representational activities with Caribbean indigenous communities, scholars and policy makers. In 2015, he inaugurated the signal NMAI exhibition and book, “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire,” (Smithsonian Institution Press). José Barreiro’s other titles on American Indian topics include: “Taino,” (2012, novel); “Thinking in Indian: A John Mohawk Reader” (2011), “America is Indian Country” (2006), “Panchito: Mountain Cacique” (2001), and; the Cornell University Akwe:kon-Native Americas series (1984-2003). Dr. Barreiro’s association with NMAI dates to the 1980s and the museum’s earliest years. In 1994, on the occasion of the opening of the Heye Center in New York, he edited Native American Expressive Culture. Recent film credits include the 2013 documentary, “Caravan of Memory,” on community revitalization and the culture of the ayllu and the llama in the Quechua highlands, and “La Ranchería: Myth of Extinction,” (2009) video documentary

En 2000, Barreiro quitte l’Université de Cornell et procède à un remaniement du journal national des autochtones, Indian Country Today, dont il devient rédacteur en chef. Les membres de l’équipe de la NMAI et les lecteurs de l’ ICT auront eu l’occasion de voir sa signature dans de nombreux articles et éditoriaux. Ses engagements sont multiples, et il contribue également à la rédaction du journal Kacike: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology, et de la série d’ouvrages, « Contemporary Native American Communities », publiée chez Altamira Press. José Barreiro est également conseiller spécial dans le cadre de programmes d’aide aux populations indigènes.  

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Le Caribbean Indigenous Legacies Project : Promouvoir la culture Taïno