Smithsonian Latino Center

The Smithsonian Latino Center serves as the corazón (heart) of Latinidad at the Smithsonian. Through its exhibits, initiatives and programs, it unlocks the dynamic Latino stories that shape national experience and identity in the U.S. In preserving and presenting these stories, the center empowers a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for the enduring contributions of Latinos to the country in a way that celebrates Latino presence in American history and culture and convenes inclusive conversations about the stories that continue to inspire generations to come. For more information, visit

Visitors in the gallery are confronted not just with the violence of colonization, but with the agency of Native and African resistance in the Caribbean, as well. Graphic design by Barbara Suhr for NMAI. Photo by Lawrence Waldron.

A Funeral for the Caribbean’s Native Extinction Hypothesis

October 25th, 2019, 4:48PM
Comic book illustration from La Borinqueña #1,written and created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. Illustration by Will Rosado and digital colors by Juan Fernández.© 2016 SomosArte, LLC.

We Are Still Here: The First Taíno Movement Exhibition

October 15th, 2019, 5:42PM
1992 stamp commemorating the life and work of Bartolomé de las Casas, a Dominican friar who denounced Spanish abuses against the Caribbean's Native people. Though he regretted it later, he recommended increasing the number of enslaved Africans to lessen the burden on Native communities. Courtesy of the National Postal Museum. Estampilla de 1992 en conmemoración de la vida y trabajo de Bartolomé de las Casas, un fraile dominicano que denunció los abusos de los españoles contra los pueblos indígenas del Caribe. Aunque luego se arrepintió, recomenó aumentar el número de africanos esclavizados para mitigar la carga de las comunidades indígenas. Cortesía del Museo Nacional del Correo.

Rereading Bartolomé de las Casas

August 29th, 2019, 1:58PM
During the reception that closed the program “Taíno: A Symposium in Dialogue with the Movement,” presenters and audience members formed an areíto, or ancestral group dance, to celebrate community, resilience, and regeneration. 
El programa “Taíno: Un simposio en diálogo con el movimiento” se cerró con una recepción durante la cual los presentadores y el público formaron un areíto, o baile ancestral en grupo, para celebrar la comunidad y su capacidad para resistir y regenerarse.

The Renaissance of a Native Caribbean People: Taíno Ethnogenesis

October 3rd, 2018, 3:13PM
Indigenous community leaders Panchito Ramírez and Reyna Ramírez share knowledge and craft for making cutaras (sandals) from royal palm leaves (jagua) and other fibers to José Barreiro.
Los líderes comunitarios indígenas Panchito Ramírez y Reyna Ramírez le muestran a José Barreiro el proceso para hacer sandalias (cutaras) de la hoja de la palma real (jagua) y otras fibras.

Taíno: Valuing and Visibilizing Caribbean Indigeneity

August 28th, 2018, 3:21PM
Unidentified Native child near Baracoa, Cuba, 1919. Detail of photo by Mark Raymond Harrington. NMAI N04470