On Sunday June 24 2012 (Maya Calendar date "6 AHAU") Roberto Mukaro Agueybana Borrero, the President and Chairman of the U.S. Regional Coordinating Office of the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP) and Chair of the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was invested by the Council of Grandmothers (bibis) of his tribal community YUKAYEKE GUAINIA as the official KASIKE (chief) of the community. The ceremony was also attended by bibis from a number of other Taino communities including some who had travelled all the way from Florida and Boriken.
As part of the event Kasike Mukaro was awarded a brand new gold guanin which bears the offical symbol of the Yukayeke Guainia.
I was given the honor to conduct part of the closing ceremonies during this historic ocasion in co-operation with Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle beike Domingo Turey Hernandez, the Bibi of the Bohio Ata Bey Vanessa Inaru Pastramo, Kasike Roman Guaraguaorix of Yukayeke Maisiti, and a number of other prominent figures of the contemporary Taino Resurgence movement.
It was such a thrill for me to see our Taino leaders gathered together to honor and solemnly legitimize the leadership status of this great and humble guide of our people.
Unfortunately my complicated travel arrangements caused me to miss the earlier portions of the ceremony which was held in Mukaro's back yard in Long Island but I was lucky that I arrived just in time to be able to make a convocation at the end of the event and express my sincere feelings concerning this pivotal ocasion.
I want to express my gratitude that Yaya Guaturey the GREAT SPIRIT allowed me the honor of being present at this important event and in the company of many of my old friends and new acquaintances. I look forward to the footage collected by our brother the film maker from LOST TAINO TRIBE Alex Zacharias who was also there.
May Ata Bey and Yoka Hu continue guiding our chief as he continues to move forward on all of his important endeavors and may our Taino Resurgence grow and blossom as a result of his work.
Seneko Kakona to all of our people