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Lynne Guitar

LynneIconLynne Guitar, a U.S. American with a doctorate, master´s degree, and two undergraduate degrees in Latin American/Caribbean History and Anthropology, first came to the Dominican Republic in 1984 to do research for an historical novel she wrote about the Columbus family, which is when she fell in love with the topic of the Taíno Indians. The second time, she went to the D.R. for four months in 1992 as a study-abroad student with Michigan State University, and the third time was August 3, 1997, when she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the D.R. to finish her doctoral dissertation for Vanderbilt University—that was when she decided to spend the rest of her life living, working, and studying among Dominicans.

Today she is Resident Director for the CIEE Liberal Arts program (Center for International Educational Exchange) at the premier university in the country, the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, and is a sought after professor, writer, and speaker about the Taíno Indians, Dominican popular culture, and Dominican social history. She also just bought land with a vast cave system below it, a cave with Taíno rock art and incredible natural formations, including two subterranean pools of crystal clear fresh water. She plans to develop the cave land into a center for educational ecotourism and ecological research dedicated to the Taíno of the Greater AntillesJuevesFiesta

Available on Thursday and Friday
Colonial City Walking Tour

Starting from the Hotel Intercontinental at 4:15 pm and ending back at the hotel 7pm, or you can opt to stay and dine in front of the Columbus House.
You'll see most of the historical buildings and you'll hear fascinating stories about Tainos, Africans, Christopher Columbus, and the island's Spanish colonizers.

Tour Description
When guiding you through the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, Lynne Guitar jokes that although she has a Ph.D. in History, she has a horrible time remembering dates. For her, ¨history¨ is dominated by the word ¨story,¨ and she prefers to tell stories about the people who have lived in the region for 500 years or more, rather than cite dates. The people in her stories include Taíno Indians, Africans, and Europeans. Although the Spaniards wanted to recreate a European city in Santo Domingo, which was the first American frontier, Indians and Africans left their marks, too, for it was they who built the magnificent mansions, churches, forts, and administrative centers—many of which are now romantic ruins. Santo Domingo was known as ¨the mother¨ of all the lands settled by Spaniards in the New World, for it was the provisioning grounds, proving grounds, and staging grounds for all the Spaniards´ exploration, exploitation, and colonization of the Americas, the island where patterns of conquest and slavery as well as of co-existence with both Indians and Africans were perfected before those patterns were replicated in the new Spanish colonies.