Is anyone aware of a ritual ceremony in Taino culture involving the Pleiades dance, which involves a mock fight between men and women, followed by a race? The dance took place at the start of the Taino year (between May and June)
For Miguel and anyone else following this thread. Here is the information from Charlevoix, 1761. All my citations about a Pleiades dance traces back to this book.
...but the return of the Pleiades, which they call the kids, upon the horizon, is a general holiday observed ny the whole nation. They prepare for it, by shaking their matts, and beating their partitions. The men, then, form themselves into one battalion; and the women into another; and fall upon each other pretty seriously. It is a a diversion, if you please, but is a diversion fit only for barbarians. The boys and girls, likewise, exchange some cuffs, but merely for form-sake. These engagements are followed by races; and then, both parties mutually wish each other an accomplishment of all their wishes, and, above all things, success against their enemies. The feast always terminates in drunkeness.