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On June 6 1981 I gathered with a number of people living in the Pittsburgh area who were interested in Taino spirituality and we founded a non-profit spiritual organization now known as the CANEY INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL CIRCLE. Over the next 40 years this spiritual community would flourish and blossom into an entity that now thrives in sites all over the world from Boriken (Puerto Rico) to Kiskeya (Dominican Republic) to communities in the states of Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Oregon in the United States. 

We are modestly proud of the work we have been carrying out these last 40 years and pray that Yaya Guaturey the Great Spirit blesses us with many more years of sharing this sacred tradition.

In August of 1987 we celebrated Harmonic Convergence on the grounds of the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center.



In April of 1990 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Earth Day with a tree-planting ceremony on the grounds of the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center.

Those four trees are now full grown to a height of over twenty feet tall.

In 1991 we celebrated one of our monthly Full Moon ceremonies in the company of the newly founded Taino Native American Association based in New York City, one of the very first Taino communities of the Taino Resurgence Movement. It is now called Yukayeke Maisiti.

This is a photo of Behike Miguel leading a Full Moon ceremony inside the main building of the COUNCIL OF THREE RIVERS AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER next of a mural of Taino artifacts

In 1992 we joined other Tainos from the continental United States and from the Caribbean islands to celebrate our first ceremony on the grounds of the CAGUANA TAINO CEREMONIAL CENTER in Boriken (Puerto Rico)

The Caney Circle history crossed into the first decade of the new millennium with more collaboration with other Tainos on the island and in the diaspora.

We participated in events sponsored by the Taino communities of New York City

In the early 2000's the Caney Circle began close collaboration with the United Confederation of Taino People and its dynamic leader Roberto Mukaro Borrero. These photos were taken during a collaborative event between the UCTP and the Caney Circle in Philadelphia, PA

In 2007 we began to celebrate annual Winter Solstice ceremonies in Florida with behike Edgar Konuk Rodriguez.

We crossed into the second decade of the new century with continued vigor and strength demonstrated by this sacred  planting ceremony and presentation of the Caney Circle Atabey song carried out in Jayuya, Boriken (Puerto Rico)


The Caney Circle moved deeper into the second decade of the twenty-first century with more behikes celebrating our ceremonies all over the world

Behike Guatu Iri Lancaster. Pennsylvania


Behike Dee Caraballo Mitchell-Schreiner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Rafael Baiguanex celebrating in Ciales, Boriken (Puerto Rico)


Corianne Anaguatu Vasco de Sousa Marugg celebrating in Great Britain


Behike Edgar Konuk Rodriguez celebrating in Florida


Lara Pacheco celebrating in Oregon


Guazabara celebrates Full Moon in New York City


Behike Tilou celebrates in New York City, in Ayiti (Haiti) and in Cuba


Behike Nelson Zayas celebrates in Upstate New York


Otto Nicanor celebrating in Kiskeya(Dominican Republic) and Ayiti (Haiti)


Julia Garci celebrates in southern Pennsylvania


Behike Uaian celebrates in New York City


William Rodriguez celebrates in Northern Georgia


Late in the second decade of the twenty-first century The Caney Circle began ceremonial collaboration with Tainos living on the island of Cuba


Behike Dee Caraballo Mitchell-Schreiner celebrates Equinox in Upstate New York by 


Miami, Florida


On June 6 2021, on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Caney Circle I was interviewed by the online video site MAGICKAL SOLUTIONS during which discussion the topic of the anniversary was raised

40 years of Taino spiritual tradition, moving forward into the start of the third decade of the new century 2021.

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Comment by Jeffry Johnson on June 7, 2021 at 7:28pm

Thank you, brother!

Comment by Miguel Sague Jr on June 7, 2021 at 5:14pm

My dear brother Jeff, your kind words are humbly received and appreciated. Your blessing is very much welcome. Many blessings of the cemies and the hupias to both you and David.

Comment by Jeffry Johnson on June 7, 2021 at 3:58pm

What a beautiful page of memories and moments from the past 40 years! Hahom brother for birthing this entity that has meant to much to me and so many others! 40 years of compassion and connection lived out and practiced in each sharing and each ceremony. May the blessings of Atabey, Yoka Hu, Yaya Guaturei, and the hupias  continue to flow through the work of the Caney Circle, her behikes, boitius, members, and all that join in ceremony. Seneko kakona!


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