Don Manuel (left) and Grandfather Cyril (Right)
This year we have lost 2 of our great spiritual leaders, Grandfather Cyril Taylor, Carib, in July, and Don Ángel Manuel Galagarza, Boricua, this past Sunday, December 13. When we lose an elder, we lose an encyclopedia of knowledge as well as their wisdom and strength for our community.
I had the privilege of accompanying the two Grandfathers, Grandmother Naniki Reyes Ocasio and Don… Continue
Added by Rixturey on December 17, 2008 at 12:59am —
Tau My Relatives
Cuba has the honor of maintaining a curious spiritual tradition which
nowadays is mostly recognized only within the narrow confines of Afro-
Latin circles. Those of you who are acquainted with the tradition of
Yoruba REGLA DE OCHA (sometimes popularly known as "Santeria") know
of one of the most important icons of this tradition, a female spirit
called "Ochun". This spirit (or orisha) is… Continue
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on December 16, 2008 at 4:08am —
Awhile back I did some interpretations of myths that I had read in the writings of Ramon Pané. Here is my interpretation of the myth of Deminan and Turtle Woman.
As soon as they came to the door of Bayamanaco, the old man and saw that he carried cazabe (bread made from cassava flour), they said “Ahiacabo guarocoel!” which means, “We know our grandfather!” In the same way, Deminan Caracaracol, seeing his brothers ahead of him, entered… Continue
Added by Rixturey on December 15, 2008 at 12:46am —
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Our Taino ancestors were attentive sky watchers and made accurate observations of the movements of heavenly bodies. These movements almost always express themselves in the form of cycles and the assessment of these cycles was as important to the Caribbean islanders as it was to their contemporaries living in the high Maya…
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on December 12, 2008 at 6:00am —
I just sign up for this page to look for info and the big surprise i have is looking at all this wonderful people, as you may see is just the story board about the legend of the ciguapa, at the moment I am looking for funds any where to make it, it will be a big hit of entrance when i make and sure i won't forget you.
Added by Carlos Valdez on December 10, 2008 at 8:27am —
Note: The following post is a long one. I hope you feel like reading! ~N
I am a modern Caribbean Indian woman; a mixture of Taino, European and African descent. However, it is my Taino Indian heritage that I choose to follow, learn and endorse. The existence of my Taino ancestry has been covered up, denied for many years because of greed and genocide. This cover up is pernicious and has infected not only the familial roots of my Nation but has disowned our indigenous heritage… Continue
Added by Anita Pagan on December 9, 2008 at 8:30am —
Motecuzoma, also known as Montezuma told Cortez through an interpreter (paraphrased)
"You are not the first person to come here, looking like you do with beards and blue eyes, there are whole tribes like you down by the coast and I will introduce them to you." (Readings from America, out of print) Legend among the Aztecs was that their ancestors had lived in seven caves, when white men with beards, blonde hair and iron tools had organized their small tribe into the most dominant… Continue
Added by Ray Osborne on December 7, 2008 at 2:30pm —
OH YES HE DID ON A WARM AND SUNNY DAY,
THE DEVIL WORE RED AND WHITE AND A SMIDGEN OF GREY.
HE FLEW ACROSS THE OCEAN, SEARCHING FOR HIS PRIZE,
INSTEAD HE SAW A COUPLE OF ISLANDS WE CALLED PARADISE.
THIS WAS'NT A VISIT OF CURIOUSITY OR JUST A MOMENT OF PMSing,
NO! NO! NO! THIS WAS A CALCULATED DESIGNED EVENT, ALL OF HIS OWN MAKING.
HE ARRIVED WITH DISCIPLES AND LADIES OF THREE,
AND MET ALL THE PEOPLE… Continue
Added by AGUILAR MARRERO on December 5, 2008 at 9:30pm —
Tau My Relative You are cordially invited to celebrate Winter Solstice by
participating in the traditional Taino Winter Solstice Ceremony of
the Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle in Miami FLA
Our ceremony will include the sacred tying ritual in which a three-
point cemi sculpture of Yoka Hu will be tied to the oval-shaped stone
hoop that represents the divine uterus of Ata Bey our Cosmic
Matriarch. This ritual… Continue
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on December 3, 2008 at 3:00am —
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Many of us are aware of a sacred entity that our ancestors revered,
and who was very intimately associated with the respect and honoring
of the dead. This entity is the canine spirit who is considered to be
the guide that accompanies the souls of the departed to the after-
life.His name is Opiyel…
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on November 29, 2008 at 7:30am —
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Most of us who are interested in the history of our ancestors are
aware of the fact that the arrival of Columbus at the shores of the
Caribbean unleashed the tragic process by which the ancient Taino
culture was almost completely destroyed. We know what Columbus'
intentions were for the people that he found here on the islands
because of what he himself wrote in his journal. The eminent… Continue
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on November 27, 2008 at 6:37am —
Added by Caracoli on November 27, 2008 at 5:58am —
On Thursday, November, 13, 2008 a great woman, mother, housewife and above all an incredible human being crossed over. To say she will be missed by her family and friends is an understatement. I write these few words to express the pain I feel and to shed light not so much on how she died, but on how she lived, her strength, her struggle and her love.
I met Sonia Migdalia Rosa 8 years ago when I received an email from a total stranger. Asking me countless questions, I was… Continue
Added by Jorge Baracutei Estevez on November 18, 2008 at 9:19am —
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I was invited by a Taino brother, Maximus, to attend a gathering of
Indigenous people in New York City this past weekend of November 13,
14,and 15. From what I understand, these kinds of gatherings are, in
part, intended to promote a sense of unity and co-operation within the
context of sacred space among peoples of the earth who are sensing a
need to reconnect with our ancestral Indigenous… Continue
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on November 17, 2008 at 6:38pm —
I just did a review of Brian Gollnicks new book "Reinventing the Lacandon" which may be of interest to some people. The short review can be found on the Indigenous Peoples Issues Today
site, while the entire review is on the main… Continue
Added by Peter N. Jones on November 17, 2008 at 6:30pm —
Image of the Sague family Day of the Ancestor's Altar
Tau My Relatives as I prepare to gather with my family this evening for our annual ceremony to honor those who have traveled to the Realm of Koa Bay (the abode of the departed souls) I realize that this year our ceremony will be particularly emotional for me. Our family here in Pittsburgh follows the Caney Spiritual Circle tradition of ceremonially observing the time of the year…
Added by Miguel Sague Jr on November 2, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Luzia's skull was found in a Brazilian cave in 1978. Her remains were stored for quite sometime until someone began to take interest in her skull. She died at the age of 20 to 25 years.… Continue
Added by Ayesart on October 26, 2008 at 7:30pm —
The family tree I am going to share with you today contains the ancestral heritage that goes back to the year 1990 AD to Cuba.
The people that lived during that time were the Guanahuatabey.
The Guanahuatabey were a distinct people and spoke a different language from the classic Taino.
They and the other tribes that lived in the Carribean are considered, "neo Taino."
I think that terminology is a gross error, because it is another way of insulting us all.
Neo according… Continue
Added by Ayesart on October 26, 2008 at 11:30am —
Copyright 1956-2008 John Ayes
The following is my family tree. I have been working upon it since 1956 to present.
Explanation of PCID Post Columbian Indigenous Descent. This speaks to you of the results of my maternal mtDNA test. My father's yDNA test was a total surprise to me. He was supposed to have Irish sequences.
As it turned out his yDNA Haplo group was E3b2. Phonecian and Middle Eastern sequences with a touch of Levite Jew.
In any case, Getting… Continue
Added by Ayesart on October 17, 2008 at 7:30pm —
1: Ayesart at the age of 14
2: Ayesart's Mother
3: Ayesart's Grandmother
Yesterday I received an E mail from a good friend of mine. We met via a Forum that explored the genealogy of Moca Puerto Rico.
The E mail she sent me contained questions about her recent mtDNA… Continue
Added by Ayesart on October 16, 2008 at 5:30pm —