I am drawn to Anacaona for the diversity of her talents. She shows that a warrior may also love beauty, that strength is more than mere physicality, and her status as founding mother for both Haitians and Dominicans alike attests to her ability to bring disparate cultures together. For those of us focused on international justice issues, these are lessons well learned.
I am grateful to Diane Amann and this community for providing such a forum. For more information on Anacaona’s legacy, I suggest Edwidge Danticat’s 2005 book Anacaona: Golden Flower.