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Meet Joshua Torres, the new site co-administrator

Hello again everyone, just some network news: given how absent I have been, and how great Joshua has been at meeting and greeting, I asked him to take on the job of co-administrating, which I am glad he accepted. So, if you have any troubles, there are now two people you can contact: Joshua and myself. Now this might also mean that Joshua can expel me, so I will have to be on my best behaviour for a change.

Added by Maximilian Forte on July 31, 2008 at 12:15am — 9 Comments

This place is really coming to life!

I have been absent for a while, and I missed welcoming many new members. I also noticed that many of the new members really have become experts at using the site, and have actively produced their own personal blog posts. To make sure that others know of your posts, as it gets busier in here, drop me a note, and I will make sure to feature your blog on the front page.

Added by Maximilian Forte on July 31, 2008 at 12:03am — 2 Comments

4ta Jornada Indígena-Taína 2008 en Bo. Coabey, Jayuya, Puerto Rico


4ta Jornada Indígena-Taína 2008 en Bo. Coabey, Jayuya, Puerto Rico

(English Language version below)

El sábado y domingo, 16 y 17 de Agosto 2008, se llevará a cabo la 4ta Jornada Indígena-Taína 2008 en Jayuya en las facilidades de CEDETRA en el Bo. Coabey, Carr. 144 - Km. 9.3, Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Este evento anual celebrado en Honor al Indio Puertorriqueño es auspiciado por El… Continue

Added by Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague on July 28, 2008 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

Our visit to The Natl Museum of The American Indian in April

Tau My Relatives back in April 2008 the Bohio Ata Bey Taino Women's Council invited a number of community members to gather at a special community resource facility of the Smithsonian's NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN to spend some time and perform sacred ceremony with ancient Taino artefacts housed in that Washington D.C. area facility.

I joined our sister Inaru and a number of other Tainos and Tainas, as well as some family…


Added by Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague on July 22, 2008 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments


Tau My Relatives Members of the Peace and Dignity Journeys East Coast contingent arrived in Western Pennsylvania on June 18 2008. They converged with members of the Longest walk2 who were at the time on the verge of de-camping from the Raccoon Creek State Prk campsite. The runners stayed at the home of Caney Circle beike Miguel Sobaoko Koromo and

at the home of Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center member

residing in Pittsbrgh,… Continue

Added by Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague on July 22, 2008 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Local Newscast features our views on the Mayan Calendar

Tau My relatives On Friday July 18 2008 Pittsburgh TV station WTAE channel 4 aired a

piece which included comments by Caney Circle beike Miguel Sobaoko

Koromo Sague concerning the significance of Pittsburgh's river

confluence in the prophecy of the Mayan Calendar Shift of Ages.

As some of you already know I have been studying the Mayan Calendar

since I was a teen-ager and in the year 2000 I was given a… Continue

Added by Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague on July 22, 2008 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Third Anniversary of Grito De Caguana

CONMEMORAMOS EL 3ro ANIVERSARIO RECLAMO SAGRADO Posted by: "caney@" caney@ la_voz_taino

Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:19 am (PDT)




Este 25 de julio de 2008, nosotros, el Caney 5to Mundo, Conclave

Taíno Guatukan de la Cordillera Central, una vez mas nos reuniremos

en el Centro Ceremonial… Continue

Added by Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague on July 22, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Indigenous Grandmothers nearly kicked out of Vatican

Tau My Relatives Back in December Grandfather Don Alejandro

Perez Oxlaj, the Quiche Maya leader of Guatemala's Council of Elders

visited Pittsburgh and councelled with myself and several others

here accompanied by Grandmother Flordemayo, a member of the highly

respected and world-recognized COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS

GRANDMOTHERS. We were aware of the fact that Grandmother Flordemayo

was preparing to visit the vatican… Continue

Added by Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague on July 22, 2008 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle begins live webcasts july 26 2008

Tau my relatives I am happy to announce that starting next Saturday July 26 2008 the

Caney Spiritual Circle will begin a regular live webcast schedule

which will air every second and fourth Saturday of each month from

6:00 P.M. to 8:00P.M. Eastern Standard Time.

Our live webcast station is called "TAINO SPIRITUALITY AND

RESURGENCE" and is on the air courtesy of "Camstream" free webcast

service. At first the webcast… Continue

Added by Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague on July 22, 2008 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Bureau 39--Call for Submissions

Bandit Queen Press is Proud to Present

The first edition of the zine

Bureau 39: The Ultimate Weapon

This is an Open Call for Complete and Utter Submission:

Bureau 39 wants your creation:

Writing (creative or otherwise); illustration, photography.

Send in your creative response by July 31st , subject line "Bureau 39" to… Continue

Added by Lesley-Ann Brown on June 23, 2008 at 3:41pm — No Comments

A Note from Max Forte: On the future of the CAC and KACIKE

Dear friends, if you will allow me a personal announcement, this might be of some minimal interest to a few readers of this blog.

By the end of this year I will have formally withdrawn from the Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink, which will either pass into new hands, some new hands, or none and remain archived online at a new location. The current location of the CAC is at…

Added by Maximilian Forte on June 5, 2008 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Questions about Race...and Photography

Given the debate surrounding the proposed ban of "mixed-blood" marriages among Dominica's Caribs, and the unexplained assertion that 1,000 "full blood Caribs" remain there, added to assertions made in the Taino Revival book that contemporary Tainos are really black people trying to deny their blackness by choosing a Taino identity, there seems to be a whole bundle of very contentious ideas, and… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on June 1, 2008 at 4:19pm — 1 Comment


A number of ICN members have asked for regular chat sessions to be scheduled. Given the size of the network, which is not in the thousands, it is probably a good idea, since that way you can be more or less assured to find someone in the chat room. I have created a special chat room for this site, which is not open and publicly archived like the last one, but is just as easy to use, and with a greater range of features, including private chatting. To sign up or login, please… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on May 18, 2008 at 8:49am — No Comments

Bankie Bankx -- Big Chief

Quite by accident (I had never heard of Bankie Banx before today), I found this video titled "Big Chief." The story line that accompanies it reads:

In the lands, where the Arawaks roamed... A Visually stunning music video, recounting the story of the Arawak people who once inhabited the islands of the Caribbean. The 'Big Chief' story centers on a modern day island boy, who discovers an ancient scroll that reveals the true roots of his people.

I'm not sure if that is the… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on May 13, 2008 at 9:12pm — 14 Comments

Dominica Carib Chief Wants to Outlaw Intermarriage: What do you think?

From the Associated Press,

Fri May 9, 11:12 PM ET

(a very rare news item on the Caribs in the international press, and it's a pretty controversial one at that):

ROSEAU, Dominica - The leader of the last remaining pre-Columbian tribe in the eastern Caribbean says outlawing marriage to outsiders can save Dominica's dwindling indigenous population, but legislators are balking at deciding who can marry whom.

Chief Charles Williams has proposed a law… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on May 10, 2008 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

The Global Food Crisis, the Caribbean, and Cassava

I will be writing about this in greater depth soon in The CAC Review, concerning the skyrocketing of food prices worldwide, food riots, and the deepening of hunger in places such as Haiti. In Trinidad's case, there have been serious price rises on a range of basic foodstuffs, without the increased ability of large parts of the population to afford the increases. In addition, issues of food security have been revived, as they must be, once again.… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on April 26, 2008 at 9:16pm — 6 Comments

How to Add Photos to ICN

You can upload photos simply by clicking on the PHOTOS tab in the menu above. The system "remembers" that you are the one that added those photos and organizes your photos into a slideshow if you choose. That slideshow--with the photos you choose--will appear on your own page. You can also share that slideshow on your page on any other site on the Web where you can paste in the code for the player.

You will see almost everyone's photos streamed in a slideshow on the front… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on April 26, 2008 at 10:43am — No Comments

The Mothers of Memory--Chapter 3

Years before the stumbling upon the so-called New World the Portuguese had already penetrated the Western coast of Africa to bring home gold dust, strange fruits and African slaves. They beat back the bush like a lion tamer with a whip and leave but nothingness in their wake. They conduct business with others who can not fathom the destiny of this trade. In this continent that is called Africa, humanity’s vanity falls to its knees in the presence of alien creations and lives are exchanged… Continue

Added by Lesley-Ann Brown on April 6, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What does it mean to be Indigenous today in the Caribbean? New Forum Discussion

A new forum discussion has been started on what the meanings of "indigenous" are in the Caribbean. Here is the description of the intent of the discussion:

Indigenous can be read in many different ways. Some link the idea of indigenous to notions of race, to being "Amerindian", to ideas of ancient ancestry that predates that of all other groups resident in a given territory. Others see indigenous as being local, as belonging here, as being native in a broad… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on April 4, 2008 at 9:11am — 2 Comments


Feel free to meet and join in the new CHAT ROOM for the Indigenous Caribbean Network. Click on the "Pages" tab above, and then select the chat page, or you can click directly here:

This particular chat room, and the page that went with it, has been disabled since a new room was added to the front page… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on April 3, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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