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The Language Group

For those interested in learning and revitalizing the Indigenous languages of the Caribbean. Includes, Taíno, Karifuna, Garifuna, Lokono, Wayuu, Añu (Paraujano), Warao, Carib etc. THE USE OF ANY INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE IS WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED! :)

Members: 97
Latest Activity: Dec 23, 2019

Discussion Forum

Some Karifuna (Island Carib) phrases 9 Replies

Started by Arenahi. Last reply by Angelica Feb 16, 2017.

Lokono Dian: The Arawak Language of Suriname (14MB) 7 Replies

Started by Arenahi. Last reply by Miguel Sague Jr May 28, 2015.

Taino language reconstruction or Tayiino 4 Replies

Started by Edgar Retana. Last reply by AkuTurey Mar 8, 2014.

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Comment by AkuTurey on April 26, 2015 at 1:10am

I read one of old posts,and it may have been unclear...the Garifuna have kept their traditions alive and well,many are living in the Bronx!  The irony is how we seek all we can about our "Indian" these Garifuna,relizing that they kept the Indian part alive and well,now realize that they have lost the African part of theri hertage,and are busy learning fron that part from the Bablawos and Santeros !!     Somebody NEEDS to go into the Garifuna community and humbly ask to be taught theri Arawak ways!

Comment by Jeffry Johnson on April 25, 2015 at 8:00am

Good morning, Guatiao! I have a question about the phrase "Jan Jan Katu." I understand that it means "So be it" - a sacred affirmation of what was just spoken or enacted. I would like to understand that phrase better.

I believe "jan" means yes, is that correct? What does "katu" mean?


Comment by Jeffry Johnson on August 19, 2014 at 8:11pm
Does anyone know the Taino word for quartz crystal or any Taino teachings associated with this rock person? Hahom!
Comment by Xochi on July 21, 2014 at 5:32pm

My friend speaks Wayuu. :p

Comment by AkuTurey on May 9, 2014 at 9:47pm

This sounds like a really good additional space for learning,I'm going there now. Thanks

Comment by Miguel Sague Jr on May 9, 2014 at 9:23am
Takaji sister...I joined your language revitalization group on facebook. I feel this is a wonderful innitiative and I look forward to great things there. Feel free to share some of the activity that is taking place at that facebook group with our members here. And note also that if you see anything of value here in this language group that you think may be of interest to the members of your facebook group, Ning makes it extremely simple to share anything from here to facebook
Comment by Ana-Maurine Lara on April 30, 2014 at 5:47pm

Hello! I've created a Taino Language Revitalization Forum group on facebook. I would love y'all's participation if you are on there. My long term goal is to see if we can get funding to start a series of language meetings sometime in 2020 where we can start to deeply reconstruct grammar, vocabulary, etc. But building on all the already existing efforts. Please check the group out and join if you can. You can find a link by searching facebook for: Taino Language Revitalization Forum.  Jan jan katum.

Comment by Jeffry Johnson on March 14, 2014 at 10:05am
After the discussion and reading Miguel's document on Guakar, I wonder what is inside other names of our Cemis. I understand that Yoka Hu Bagua Ma-Orokoti means Breath of the Yoka Plant, but what does each aspect of Yoka Hu's name mean? Yoka=Yoka, Hu=breath?, Bagua=, etc.? Also Atabei? Bo'matun, my relatives.
Comment by Jeffry Johnson on March 8, 2014 at 4:22pm

My brother Miguel, this is very fascinating information. I love how our ancestors' (and our) cosmology is woven in the very syllables of our language! 

I have begun reading your brilliant document on Guakar. As you mention how the male Guakar was named with feminine references (Our Harsh Mentrual Cramps), Guakar's charge, Yaya Lokuo comes to my mind - both male and female - who gives birth to First Man and First Woman via the mystical and creative offering of blood. Again with blood being the vehicle for divine creation. So much wisdom and teaching wrapped up in the language and the legends. Wow! (I apologize if I went off the language topic in this group for a moment.)

Brother Sky Seer, thank you for that information as well. I look forward to learning from that text and about those relatives living out this lineage right now.

I agree, Sky Seer, my brain is soaring (and buzzing) from all this as well.


Comment by AkuTurey on March 8, 2014 at 1:45am

Wow,does get I said in another post,and forgive my ignorance,but we have a tremendous resource in the Bronx of Garifuna communities,both for language and for UNBROKEN CEREMONIES which they have never ceased using in their lives.Diaspora Conversions is a book all about that ,with lots of details about the history,their initiation rituals,and how they are now in the Bronx,recovering their lost  African past!!--from Santeros and Bablawos! I know my curiosity is soaring a bit from this....any comments,anyone spent time with them,etc,etc  Thank you


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