Quest for the Caribbean Cure

A Taino cultural awareness adventure

What is the Quest for Caribbean Cure?

NOTE: This complimentary online course that teaches how to run the adventure was made in partnership with Claudia Fox Tree, an Indigenous (Arawak) Activist and Educator and Cultura Connector, a nonprofit directory for locating cultural educators. The adventure has both low resource and medium resource options. It can be run with nothing more than paper printed with the clues and journal entries, or you can create a simulated archeological dig and use props to enhance immersion.

Plot Synopsis:  In this educational adventure, students are charged with finding a cure for a rapidly-spreading, deadly contagion that has continued to evade science and is threatening to wipe out all of humanity. It is believed that a powerful antidote had been unearthed hundreds of years ago, however this life-sustaining cure, along with the people who bore the knowledge of its properties, are assumed lost to history.

Students must study Taino artifacts and decode clues in order to piece together what exactly the antidote is and how to use it in order to stop the spread of this unprecedented threat to our existence. Along the way, students will uncover some horrific truths of the past, and how history has been written to disregard these atrocities against the indigenous people of the Caribbean.

While the scenario surrounding the deadly virus provides a compelling yet fictitious situation, students will experience a confronting simulation which exposes a dark and ugly truth about commonly accepted history – one that we are still grappling with today. While fun and educational, this simulation is intended to address the importance of cultural awareness and serve as a springboard for continued conversations about the lens through which history is often told.

Project Lead: Claudia Fox Tree, Indigenous (Arawak) Activist & Educator

How Does it Work?

Using immersive storytelling to engage participants, this educational Cultural Adventure surpasses simple participation and promotes emotional involvement. Now you can teach a history class with a story or even a mystery where the participants work together to figure out how to save the world from a spreading disease by investigating the past. Each adventure has puzzles, activities, and clues that lead the students to discover who the not just the solution, but also about the Taino culture and the challenge surrounding the term “genocide”.

Everyone wants to be a hero. In our adventures, your attendees actually play the role of a hero who solves mysteries using STEM, history, and teamwork. Quest for the Caribbean Cure isn’t a program that your attendees take… it’s an online course that teaches you, the instructor, how to run the adventure, as well as providing videos, printable instructions, supply list, and marketing materials for promoting your adventures. You will receive step-by-step instructions and videos on each stage of the story. All the information you need to run Quest for the Caribbean Cure is on our course learning platform and explained in the Teacher’s Guide.

Is it Really Free?

Yes! You can run it in your own school, camp, or other educational facility. We provide a list of everything necessary for running the adventure.

What this course provides:

  1. Instructions on how to run your own Quest for the Caribbean Cure Adventure along with step-by-step written instructions and videos
  2. All of the printable clues, images, and video for making your adventure immersive and exciting
  3. Marketing materials such as a digital flyer and social media banners to help you promote your adventure to your attendees
  4. A master list of printables as well as supplies if you wish to run a medium resource adventure

Our objective in making this adventure free is to help teachers and students revisit history from more than the colonizer perspective. And to spread awareness that the Taino are a thriving culture despite the atrocities committed against them historically as well as the struggles they face today.  We are deeply appreciative of members of Taino community for their support and leadership in this project and we acknowledge the Indigenous land upon which we operate.

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