Takaji My Relatives
It is my honor to share with you the joy that it brought me this past Saturday Feb 11 2012 to welcome here at the Verona PA Teaching Lodge of the CANEY INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL CIRCLE two members of the Taino Resurgence community, Inaru of the Bohio Atabey and Akichitai of the Yukayeke Taino of Pennsylvania. This brother and this sister are presently in training as beikes of the Caney Circle and it was my pleasure to share with them the traditions surrounding our guanara/kansi ways.
Our sister Inaru arrived on Friday evening and our brother Akichitai arrived on Saturday morning. We spent all day in prayer and in sharings within the meditation room of the Caney Circle site next to my family home. After an afternoon of wood gathering in the wooded area that stands on my property we entered the guanara (a place apart) and experienced a wonderful sweat experience which was conducted in the Taino tradition of our Caney Circle
I am grateful to my brother Akichitai for his enthusiastic work of helping me with the cutting and gathering of the firewood. I found him incredibly handy with that chainsaw! He also exhibited great expertise and wisdom in the maintenance of the guatu (fire).
After the ceremony we all enjoyed wonderful food that my own wife Leni was kind enough to prepare for us and had it ready for us as we entered the house from the chilly outside cold soaked in sweat and steaming from the heat.
I want to send a great Bo Matun and Hahom to both Ina and Akichitai for a very pleasant visit and hope to be able to welcome them both into my home again soon.