Tau My Relatives
This past Saturday, June 27 I had the honor of leading the first Taino kansi sweat ceremony in the state of Georgia. I was invited to build the traditional thatched roofed guanara lodge in the manner of the Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle at the home of Boriken Taino couple Johnny and Lupe Negron near Canton, Georgia.
Lupe is a remarkable healer in her own right. Practicing professionally in the Canton area, I found her and Johnny, her husband to be profoundly comitted Tainos who walk the sacred Indigenous path of our ancestors in the company of their friends, hosting regular gatherings at their beautiful four-acre log cabin homestead in the outskirts of Canton.
Lupe, Johnny, I, and a number of other participants spent the whole day Friday and much of Saturday building the large guanara lodge which would shelter the group that evening during our healing ceremony.
After our sacred circle ceremony with burning tabonuko, Taino clay pipe tobacco ritual, and cemi sculpture images of the Taino ancestral spirits we entered the beautiful brand new guanara and experience a profound encounter with the sacred hupias of our Taino forebears. We were blessed with what I considered to be four rounds of the most intense steam-purification that i have had the honor of leading in a long time.
Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague