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Visiting in Philadelphia with Taino brother Joseph AmaHura of North Carolina


  Takaji My Relatives

It was my honor today Friday january 6 to spend a wonderful afternoon with a comitted and inspired waribo of our Taino people, Joseph Amahura of North Carolina. Joseph and his wife run a successful business called NATIVE TOUCH, LLC that manufactures environmentally conscious personal care items.


He and his family had arrived last night from down South to set up their display booth at the Philadelphia Gift Show in the Philadelphia suburb of Oaks, Pennsylvania.

I arrived from Pittsburgh a little after noon and was picked up by Joseph in Philadelpphia and driven to Oaks. After some sandwiches and cold drinks, I had the opportunity to discuss many aspects of our Taino Resurgence with this intelligent and dedicated brother while he and his wife, and his wife's sister busily prepared their display for the four days of the expo.

We capped off the visit that evening by walking off into a wooded area not far from the expo center overlooking a huge "S" bend of the Schulkill River. There under the shade of a large tree as the sun set on a relatively warm clear-sky January evening Joseph and I sat and burned tabonuco, sage and sweetgrass, and smoked a Taino clay pipe forging the bonds of brotherhood and praying for the welfare of our people, for clear minds and strong hearts of our leaders and for the long-lasting guidance of our elders.

Bo Matun Joseph AmaHura for a blessed afternoon.

Seneko Kakona to you and your beautiful family (special blessings and speedy recovery to your father)

Taino Ti


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