Gitana India
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About Me:
Female first, Latina second. Interests in latin american culture, identity, ethnicity. Born in Ponce, PR. Generations of my family, both on mother and father's lineages, came from Ponce. My mother's family owned a cafetal in the hills in Rio Chiquito province/barrio. My father's family were from Portuguez.
health researcher
UIC-Latin American Studies, BA
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My father firmly believed he was from the indigenious Taino Indians and his features depicted his Indian heritage without question. For me, I believe I am taina but with African blood. My mother firmly believed she was of the Spainish lineage. Quite a mix of cultural heritage. My quest has always led to search how we as Puerto Ricans, identify ourselves as individuals when the PR populations identifies themselves in so many different nomenclatures: Boricua, Puerto Rican, Taino/a, Afro-Puerto Rican, Latino/a, Hispanic. For me there is a definite distincion between between "latino/a" and being Hispanic. It molds itself in the origins of each of these--related to Latin America as a group, or ancestorally orignated from Spain and the conquitadores.

My father came to the U.S. mainland as a contract worker. We hear of the Braceros from Mexico, but the exodus out of Puerto Rico by the islanders due to Operation Bootstrap is a movement to be reckoned with. Many islanders were lost, displaced, confused and isolated in the mainland-- from the "belly of the beast" into "the concrete jungle".

Notwithstanding, the conquest of Borinquen by Spaniards demanded the erasure of our cultural traditions, writings, religious beliefs, etc. In order to have inner pride, grounded resistance and social and political unity, I believe we must first learn from whence we came and who we were in an in-depth and historical perspective. History is not linear, it is circular.
African Americans and Breast and Cervical Cancer (a qualitative study, Latinas and Breast and Cervical Cancer

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At 7:33am on January 6, 2024, Ronald Morris said…

Good day,
I picked interest in you after going through your short profile and demanding it is necessary for me to write to you immediately. I have something very important to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on ( for full details.
Best regards,

At 5:18pm on August 4, 2009, Roger Guayakan said…
Let me know what has become of your farm.
I like hiking and exploring up here in Adjuntas!
At 7:37pm on July 13, 2009, Tony Wolf Paw said…
Hi Gitana India! the message I left is part of an old saying I have heard, time and time again from people from Ponce. I found it quite interesting, because every one from Ponce knows how it ends, when you say...
Ponce is Ponce, They answer, "and the rest is Parking".
At 10:22am on July 13, 2009, Roger Guayakan said…
I live close to where your parents are from.
It is near Tibes and Jacanas- the two most important yaciementos of Ponce. Check out or documentation on this area at
and let me know what you think-
At 12:18pm on May 14, 2009, Tony Wolf Paw said…
Is it true that Ponce Is Ponce?
At 1:46am on January 20, 2009, Maximilian Forte said…
Ah yes, I remember getting emails about individuals who had come here purely for "solicitation" -- I visited their pages and deleted them immediately. Otherwise, there is nothing like the fresh smell of desperation :-)
At 1:32am on January 20, 2009, adem medina cardona said…
Welcome to ICN, peace&luv-c
At 1:18am on January 20, 2009, Maximilian Forte said…
Welcome to the Indigenous Caribbean Network,

Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions about using this site. I hope that you will find your interactions here to be enjoyable and rewarding. As a friendly reminder, please acquaint yourself with our preliminary Code of Conduct.

Very best wishes.
At 2:44am on January 13, 2009, Caracoli said…
Guakia Baba (Our Father)

turey toca (is in sky)

Guami-ke-ni (Lord of land and water)

Guami-caraya-guey (Lord of moon and sun)

guarico (come to) guakia (us), taino-ti (good,tall)

bo-matum; (big,generous), busica (give to), guakia (us)

Yucubia-aje-cazabi; (tubercles,bread)

Huracan-wa (bad spirit no),

Maboya-wa (ghost no),

Yukiyu-han; (good spirit yes),

nabori daca (servant am I),

Han-Han Catu (So be it

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