BTW I'm Catholic and have no qualms about it. I'm a Taino in the Spirit of Enriquillo
Student-Anthropologist-Museum (Student Guide at The Brooklyn Museum (Currently taking this semester off from work.)
Bishop Ford C.C.H.S. Brooklyn, NY: (2000-2004)
Brooklyn College-CUNY: (2004-Present)
Major: Anthropology & Archaeology
Minor: Puerto Rican and Latino Studies
Ex Minor: Religious Studies
Indigenous Studies of The Caribbean, First Nation Identity in The U.S., Afro Indigenous groups (Namely Taíno and African descendants), Indigenous Catholicism (To the chagrin of many, such a system exists. Get over it.), Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology,Religious Studies, Iconography, Byzantine Christianity.
Glad you are doing what you do--very important for everyone, especially those who are in the restoration of their culture and spirituality. The 2 ways fit together--if people take the time to really see what both are about!
The art of cigar making is a spefic skill that must be honed and learned over a period of time through trial and error. It is a hand-made skill and the results can not be duplicated by a machine
.I have friends that have done it and I know that there is a bit of a thriving illegal cottage industry in South Florida in which Cuban-American emigrees roll and craft Cohiba knock-offs in their homes and then fit them wiith genuine Cuban Cohiba cigar rings, The cigar rings are smuggled out of Havana by relatives who visit their family members that work at the Cuban cigar factories and steal handfulls of rings for them to take to Miami. When the Miami-made cigars acquire the Cohiba ring their value triples to as much as $25 per cigar..
I'll talk to my friends about the possibility of you learning the skill