Takaji My Relatives
I spent the Full Moon weekend of November 2010 at the home of Amanda (Vargas) Richmond, on the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas. I spent several days of wonderful socializing and sharing traditional Indigenous cultural crafts such as weaving with Amanda and her kids.
This activity was carried out in keeping with the well-established tradition of weaving that exists among Amanda's native people, the Arawakan Wayuu (or Guajiros) of Venezuela's Guajira penninsula. These people are related to my own Arawakan Taino people and thus Amanda's family and my own share a cultural legacy.
photo of traditional Wayuu (Guajiro) weaving from Venezuela
The Wayuu (Guajiros) of Venezuela use their weaving skills to create colorful hammocks much as my own Taino ancestors did hundreds of years ago
photo of traditional Wayuu (Guajiro) hammocks; source Wikepedia
Amanda showed real in-born flair for the weaving art by creating a beautiful wall-hanging for her son Tristen.
The Full Moon Ceremony was conducted in the tradition of the Taino Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle way, with the whole family participating. We performed our ceremony in honor of the Earth Mother Ata Bey, praising her fertility which manifests itself in the 28-day cycle of the moon spirit Maroya. Then we lit the double candles and recited the sacred words of the ceremony "OUR WOMEN HAVE WITHIN THEM THE RYTHM OF THE UNIVERSE"
It was a very blessed moment and I was honored to spend it with this sweet and loving family.