2018 Editorial Campana and Campanita Books at the Smithsonian Institution


Three titles by Editorial Campana and Campanita Books joined a new exhibition co-produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center. Titled “Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean,” (on view at the museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City) the show explores the legacy of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean (known as the Taíno people) and how their culture is alive and well even though books and scholars have stated their presumed extinction for decades.

Our titles Dreaming Mother Earth by José Barreiro (Editorial Campana 2018), its original version in Spanish Panchito, cacique de montaña (Editorial Campana, 2016) and Campanita Books' The People of Blue Thought / Los hombres de pensamiento azul (bilingual English/Spanish, 2015) were made available for sale at the museum during the opening festivities (the books remain on sale at the museum's store). José Barreiro spoke at the event as author and contributor to the exhibit having worked on the original concept as Assistant Director for Research and Director, Office for Latin America, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (presently retired from both positions).

Barreiro is also a member of the Taino Nation of the Antilles.