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 Sobaoko Koromo Sague 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 Sobaoko Koromo Sague 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 —
Published on Friday, August 15, 2008
Reprinted from Caribbean Net News
By Paul Lewis
The historic Kalinago people of St Vincent are on the ‘brink of extinction,’ said Chief Charles Williams, leader of the Carib Community in Dominica, after he wrapped up a three day visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines on August 6. Williams was warmly welcomed by residents of Sandy Bay as he sought to re-establish the links between the Caribs of… Continue
Added by Maximilian Forte on August 20, 2008 at 1:22am —
The people of the forest -- Thank you to my relatives and a dear friend for letting me use their images.
Added by Rixturey on August 19, 2008 at 12:21pm —
This was done in 2002 -- again what would archeologists love to find and display even though they would have very little idea of the true meanings of the symbols. It was originally a goache drawing done from my imagination and manipulated in photoshop. I had also thought that the "cage" could be made into a ceremonial… Continue
Added by Rixturey on August 16, 2008 at 11:00am —
Added by Rixturey on August 15, 2008 at 8:16pm —
Added by Glenn Welker on August 13, 2008 at 6:21pm —
Hello again everyone. I did absolutely nothing to try to fix whatever problem was causing chat not to work, all I did was to merely go into the chat room to check again, and for some reason it is now working. I wish I knew what the problem was before, and what I might have needed to do to fix this...but this self-healing chat room seems to have cut things short for me. Anyway, good news, you can now use it.
Added by Maximilian Forte on August 1, 2008 at 4:08pm —
I feel like a child, not knowing how it is that a service that I created, and basically own and run, won't even let me in. In fact, it seems it won't let anyone in -- it must be very selfish software that is happy to be left alone just talking to itself. I will try to figure out what is wrong, wish me luck, but I am sorry to have let down people who wanted to use it. I might have to rebuild it completely. I will post another message as soon as it seems to be working again.
Added by Maximilian Forte on July 31, 2008 at 11:38am —
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 —