I've been researching Dominican culture and history extensively prior to my visit to DR next week, and am still confused as to whether the aboriginal tribes that were inhabiting the island of Hispañiola had any legitiment surivivors. I know this is a tricky subject matter, since it is difficult to trace the lineage via scientific, nor documentional methods, but how would someone trace, or better yet claim heritage to this supposedly extinct culture? What's the verdict: are arawak/taino descendants dead or alive? Are the groups claiming to be arawak/taino descendents legit? I'm sure there may be traces of lineage in everyone inhabiting the island, but to what extent? Is it fair to believe that it is all based on assumption?