So nice to meet you Nanu. I have been doing research on my family history for over a year now. It all started with the passing of my grandmother, Aurelia Gonzalez Paredes and attending a Pow Wow. I was so moved by all the history and culture of native americans that I needed to know if I had native american in my family. I have always heard that Puerto Ricans were part Taino but couldn't confirm this. Both my parents were Puerto Rican and as far as they knew, have always been from Puerto Rico. Thanks to dna testing, it confirmed my native american ancestry, which is 18% native american from South America (Maya). One of my cousins looked at the dna markers and said that it looks like Arawak Indian. This made me very happy but at the same time sad since the native american culture has not been passed down in my family. There is so much I need to learn and would like to pass down to my children. Three of my children, all girls look very much native american and would love to teach them my heritage. I look forward to learning from you and others.
Nanu, Thank you for the welcome. We are the same age it seems, early 40's. I seek to learn all I can. Most of my learning so far has come from the Ancestors and has been in the way self healing. I am enjoying this journey and look forward to the future and what this path has to offer me.
Thank you for the welcome.
I, Janin's husband, am the administrator of www.dr101.info where we try to convey a true picture of the Dominican Republic. This is rather difficult for someone from Europe as for the lack of insight and cultural heritage.
I hope that this site will provide me with additional information in order to understand my host country better.
Janin and Norbert
I am honored to find a sister who is strong and has a voice!!! Should it be any other way? By the way, I posted pics of La Piedra Escrita. I just got back Friay evening Boriken and my soul is aching to go back, so I will return in July, this time for a month. That takes care of that!!!