Based on the significant narrative contrasts found between history books and more recent anthropological studies regarding the wiping of Puerto Rico’s indigenous people, I am developing a video installation composed of interviews and images of the island’s natural landscapes. I interview 5 Puerto Ricans (historians, anthropologists and indiginous identifying) about their cultural identity and the mythologies that coexist with it. We discuss myths that reflect the vision that man is not separate from his surroundings, the nature/culture binary, and that those linked to the church or Catholicism can be argued to have indigenous roots. We also discuss current myths that are created as a result of individual or collective mystical experiences.
Puerto Rico’s decades of colonialism bring about constant questions and doubts regarding our identity. This project is a search for that integrity and it is summarized in the Puerto Rican myth after which it is titled.