A Myth Rejected: The Nobel Savage in Dominican Dystopia* Academic Article uri icon


  • This interdisciplinary study approximates the Columbian interpretation of the Tamos — filtered and re-interpreted by the Dominican people, through their museums. Cultural phenomena such as vomidc spatulas, talking’ idols, hallucinogens, infant cranial deformation, dances, nudity, sexual customs, punishments, and live burial produced Columbus's tendency to denounce the Tamos in his writings. These texts are displayed in the Museo del Hombre Dominicano side-by-side with anthropological exhibitions. Together, these texts and artifacts become purveyors of an ideology, one which Dominicans use to challenge the Eurocentric, romanticising, Noble Savage approach propagated during the Quincentennial. © 1995, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kallendorf, H.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • May 1995