Smithsonian has an article on the history and legacy of the Taino (the inhabitants of Hispaniola who greeted Columbus on his arrival).
If you have ever paddled a canoe, napped in a hammock, savored a barbecue, smoked tobacco or tracked a hurricane across Cuba, you have paid tribute to the Taíno, the Indians who invented those words...The object in the embedded photo? That's a Taino vomiting stick carved from a manatee bone, and decorated with a bat. They used it to "cleanse" themselves before partaking of hallucinogenic drugs. Which I suppose makes it a fore-runner of the modern tongue blade.