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Tainos 2012

Here is a great excerpt from an article about the Taino people alive now in Borinken (Puerto Rico) with some pictures I took on the island.

“A los taínos nos invisibilizan y nos mofan porque han convencido al pueblo de que no existimos”, sostiene la artesana y sanadora (Naniki Reyes Ocasio) de 65 años que vive frente a una montaña en forma de cemí en lo más recóndito de Orocovis. Allí, desde hace ya 19 años, estableció un centro para la enseñanza de las tradiciones taínas llamado Caney del Quinto Mundo.

 Lilliam Irizarry / Especial para El Nuevo Día
Read the article Mas Vivos Que Nunca

Arecibo, Puerto Rico (C) 2012 Tania Guerrera

Arecibo, Puerto Rico (C) 2012 Tania Guerrera

Arecibo, Puerto Rico (C) 2012 Tania Guerrera

Arecibo, Puerto Rico (C) 2012 Tania Guerrera

Arecibo, Puerto Rico (C) 2012 Tania Guerrera

Taino Girl Art Used in Blog commentary.

Taino Girl by: Tania Guerrera

I was doing a search to find out who is linked to my website and found this interesting site that used my artwork in their blog. I read some more and it had some good reads. So thank you to the “Hoy Me Desperte de Arena” blog. A lot of info about Puerto Rico.
The blog posting that used my artwork “Taino Girl” is one that discusses in a poetic format the invasion of Puerto Rico by columbus. Yes that “holiday” is upon us and the question is when will the hippocracy end? columbus did NOT discover America, our people were here already and our other ancestors were brought over by force, so how long are we going to pretend that columbus day is a holiday? Right???
Here is a link to the blog:

Despierta Boricua!

Be counted as a Taino on the US Census 2010

The United Confederation of Taino People has partnered with the US Census Bureau to make the Taino be counted under the “American Indian or Alaskan Native” label.  Basically when filling out the census a Taino person would check their race as “American Indian or Alaskan Native” and then proceed to fill in their tribal affiliation as Taino.  This is a chance to literally (at least on paper) resurrect our Taino heritage. 

For hundreds of years we have been lied to and told that the Taino people are “extinct” which made no sense to those of us who knew that our abuelitas and abuelos, our ancestors were Taino people, thus making one a Taino as well. So here is our chance to be counted and given back our identity on an official governmental level. 
The census is done every ten years. I have been doing some genealogy research and have found some very interesting things. My grandmother, great-grandmothers, grandfather and great-grandfathers are alternately listed as “white”, “colored”, and or “mulatto” on the Puerto Rico censuses going back to the 1850’s.  The discrepancy is a result of the “native” or Taino designation being dropped, and added back in over time as well as the census taker checking off a person’s race be sight.  Our family’s oral history is that we had Taino and European (not sure what kind) on my Grandmother’s side and Mulatto (African & French) on my Grandfather’s. 
A recent genetic study by the Universidad de Puerto Rico on the island of Boriken (Puerto Rico) shows that at least 61% to 70% of people in the study had Amer-Indian DNA. This website has a good article on this topic: Indigenous Puerto Rico: DNA evidence upsets established history.
Here is another link UPR study finds high Taino DNA rate: Tests contradict theory of extinction of P.R. natives. Studies are in the works in the other Islands with Taino heritage.

So if you are Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Haitian or from any of the Caribbean islands there is a big chance that you may be Taino. Go through your family’s oral history, look in the mirror and decide what race you would like to be listed as. Years from now your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the many generations to come will thank you. The Ancestors will have an Areyto in our honor. 

Taino Areyto (Pow Wow)

I attended and was a vendor multiple times for this annual event.


Press Release:

Hostos Community College and the Wanakan Cultural Center, Inc., of the Taino Nation of the Antilles present The Day of the Taino People

The 14th anniversary and celebration of The Day of the Taino People (El Dia de el Pueblo Taino) honors the Taino Ancestors and Elders this year. Participants
will have the opportunity to meet descendants of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the rest of the Antilles, and from South, Central and North America.

The celebration will include ceremonial dance, music, and songs by Taino Nation drummers, Yukayeque Magei (The Village Drum), and Iron Eagle Drummers and Singers. Thrill to Pasion Boliviana Dance Troop and Danza Mexica Azteca will also perform. Kacike Boriwex and Boricua College Professor José Bojiti Muñoz will give lectures on Taino language and religion.

In addition, there will be special presentations by Jorge Estevez (Kiskeyano) on the American Indian Museum exhibit, and by the current Miss Indian World, Violet John (Taina).

Children are invited to attend arts and craft workshops and have their bodies painted and stamped with Taino warrior faces and images of beautiful indigenous designs.

Who: Hostos Community College and the Wanakan Cultural Center, Inc.

What: Taino Nations of the Antilles’ 14th Annual Areyto

When? Saturday, November 18, 2006 from 12:00 Noon to 6PM.

Where? 450 Grand Concourse C-Building Gym on the 3rd floor.
Directions: IRT 2, 4, 5, BX 1, 19 to 149th Street and Grand Concourse.

For advance ticket sales and group rates, please call the Hostos Box Office at (718) 518 4455.

General admission: $8.00 per person. Discount admission for seniors and students: $4.00. Children under 10 years of age are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

For more Information on the Taino Nation contact:

Linda Matumyaru Diaz, Director
Wanakan Cultural Center Inc. of the Taino Nation of the Antilles
252 East 4th St. New York, NY 10003
(212) 674 6770 or (917) 617 3406.
Matumyaru@hotmail.com Website: nacion_taina.tripod.com


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