This month people in various countries will be celebrating what is commonly called “Columbus Day” or “Dia de la Raza”; a day marked to celebrate the arrival of Columbus and his cronies crew onto the shores of “virgin” lands.
Many view this as an incredible event, worthy of celebration and joy. At a time when the planet was believed to be flat and only dangers and monsters awaited at the edge of the world, that a man had the audacity to take off into the vast unknown is nothing short… Continue
Added by Anita Pagan on October 11, 2008 at 11:44pm —
That has always been the human downfall.
You came to us in your shining armor
And you were lost looking for the promised land.
We knew who you were
And all you would bring, there was a prophesy.
And despite knowing that
We extended our hands in friendship.
You raped us
You stole all that we had and knew
And you cut off our extended hands
Of good will and… Continue
Added by Ayesart on October 10, 2008 at 10:00pm —
Atabey - Earth Mother
Mother of conception and birth
Mother of Yucahu
Her image has been transformed by those who practice Spiritualism. Our perception of the gods change as we change.
I created the painting upon two canvases joined together to place emphasis on the spiritual world of Atabey merging with the concept of the physical world. And to dispel the illusion of dualities.
People are actually… Continue
Added by Ayesart on October 10, 2008 at 8:28pm —
I am hoping everyone can read Spanish. I am going to post some documentation regarding the Repartamiento de Indios without writing my thoughts about it. The documents will tell all.
At the end of this post I have added the genealogy of Moctezuma family.
You will see precisely how mtDNA and yDNA were infused into the Spanish bloodlines and then transfered via "mestizo" children who moved to the Caribbean, Terra Firma, etc. The Moctezuma descendants have been found in Puerto Rico in the… Continue
Added by Ayesart on October 10, 2008 at 7:00pm —
I am going to post as my first blog entry a comment I had made a few minutes ago to one of our members.
I think it will describe where I am at and where I have been and where my ancestry is within.
I am a new member to this net work and I happened to be browsing articles and I found yours quite interesting.
I have had my mtDNA analysed by Family Tree DNA and the results showed Haplo Group C. My wife also had her mtDNA done and her… Continue
Added by Ayesart on October 8, 2008 at 10:30pm —
I read this essay with much interest and can identify quite a bit with what Michelle is saying when speaking of the attitudes encountered when interacting with the native peoples of the US.
I am of the opinion that some of the native peoples of the US have been convinced into believing that a piece of paper gives them authenticity. As their ancestors were brainwashed into believing the fences around their reservation, they have been brainwashed into the fences around the nation… Continue
Added by Anita Pagan on October 7, 2008 at 5:00am —
I am enrolled in a course this term which requires I interview spiritual leaders. If you are interested, please contact me by email email@example.com I have included the questions below for you to review. If there are any questions you prefer not to answer, or prefer I NOT share with others, please let me know. My time frame is 4 weeks, so that I may have time to do my own write up. Thank you in advance for your assistance to my education. p&l~c
Interview Questions for… Continue
Added by adem medina cardona on September 29, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Tau My Relatives
In a recent post I pointed out the presence this Fall season, of the cemi Guama Hu-Rakan, servant of the Cosmic Matriarch when she manifests in her forceful wrathful manifestation, Gua-Ban-Ceh.
Guama Hu-Rakan is the spirit of spinning storms, hurricanes, tornados, waterspouts, and whirlwinds. Along with the cemi Guama Guatauba, the herald, spirit of thunder-lightning, and his partner the cemi Guama Coatriskie, spirit… Continue
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on September 21, 2008 at 2:53pm —
Tau My Relatives In behalf of myself, my family and the whole Caney Indigenos
Spiritual Circle community I want to wish all of you a blessed
Autumnal Equinox this weekend.
This season represents a special stage in the ceremonial cycle of
the cemies as seen from the perspective of the Caney Spiritual
Circle. We believe that Yoka Hu, the male spirit of Energy and Life
has a Life-Cycle just like any living entity. We believe… Continue
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on September 20, 2008 at 12:55pm —
This image was suggested to me by my dear friend, Joanna Aviles-Soto. It is a chalk drawing (6 feet x 5 feet) and will be on display at the Kennedy Center until November. Then it will be "hosed down" to make room for another chalk drawing. Many people asked about the symbolism of the piece and there were "boricuas" who I didn't have to explain anything to. It was a long hot day but worth… Continue
Added by Rixturey on September 16, 2008 at 8:30am —
This prayer was created for the celebration of the end of U.S. Naval activities on the island of Vieques by myself and Samuel "Koki" Paneto. We now share it with the wider indigenous community. Since we were studying the language by ourselves using resources from the Library of Congress, we combined some elements of Carib to get the grammar. This may not be correct, but it was a humble effort on our part to honor the ancestors.
Added by Rixturey on September 5, 2008 at 8:16am —
My language is not dead.
It lives in the rustling leaves of the ausubo, the tabanuco, the caoba and the sacred ceiba tree whose deep roots reach into the caves of my heart.
The yuca, maiz and batata still grow in the conucos where we once buried unmarked cemis to inspire the land to be even more fertile.
The sweetness of the guayaba fills me with memories of the joyous freedom and abandon of the time before the others arrived. The colibris, bijiritas and… Continue
Added by Rixturey on September 2, 2008 at 11:30pm —
Created to show the roots of our strength.
Added by Rixturey on August 29, 2008 at 10:30pm —
I am happy to announce the new blog, The Review of the Indigenous Caribbean Center (RICC)
We are looking for persons in this network, the ICN, who are fair to good writers, who have some experience with using blogs and writing for blogs, and who would like to be one of the regular collaborating authors to the blog.
A regular contributor would aim to produce at least one post per week, on any topic of… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on August 28, 2008 at 10:17pm —
Just read the posting by a dear friend, Miguel Sague. Due to an unfortunate accident, I was unable to attend the Jornada Indigena as intended. My participation in the Jornada was to be the creation of a chalk mural representing the continuation of our indigenous heritage into the present. During my enforced "stay-cation" I was able to flesh out my original sketch and present it here. The flag on the upper right is the bandera of Jayuya and represents… Continue
Added by Rixturey on August 24, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Apparently this year is different, and I95.5 FM is not covering the Santa Rosa Festival, as I listen in.
Added by Maximilian Forte on August 24, 2008 at 9:05am —
Tau My Relatives
On the weekend of August 15 I participated in the fourth annual Taino Indigenous gathering in Jayuya, Boriken. The traditional artisans and craftspeople of the central mountains again hosted hundreds of visitors from all over the world on the grounds of the Cemi Museum in the Barrio Coabey area this year, and the experience was predictably inspiring. I was invited by our Taino sisters Joana Soto Aviles and Maragarita Noguera, to… Continue
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on August 23, 2008 at 11:00am —
For those of you interested in the Santa Rosa Festival of Trinidad's Carib Community, you can hear a live broadcast, streamed online, from Trinidadian radio station I 95.5 FM, this Sunday morning. For those of you on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., the time the event starts is at 9:00am, same for those in the Caribbean.
Go to this link http://www.i955fm.com/default.aspx
-- and click on Listen Live
. Don't expect to see any… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on August 22, 2008 at 9:28pm —
"A fair breeze took, Santa Maria and Nina into Moustique Bay,
where easterly winds detained them for three days. Here the
Admiral, "seeing the grandeur and beauty of this island and
its resemblance to the land of Spain," he named it Las Isla Espanola
- the Spanish Isle. His seamen captured a young and beautiful
girl wearing only a gold nose plug and brought her on board.
She indicated that she would gladly stay with the boys, but the
Admiral, sent her ashore… Continue
Added by Ray Osborne on August 22, 2008 at 10:54am —
To me, there's nothing like being a writer on the hot trail of research into prehistory. Finding the scant hints of a bygone culture of people excites this soul. This writer is far removed in the gene pool from this culture
yet he feels a connectedness with them from the past. This author's attempt through knowledge to connect to the ancient ones is to honor them by remembrance of them in his humble writings.
Personal interests for research include but not limited to… Continue
Added by Ray Osborne on August 20, 2008 at 1:30pm —