It is with great Joy that I am able to report that on Saturday June 22 2013 we gathered to celebrate the ceremony of SUMMER SOLSTICE on the grounds of the Youngstown Ohio Teaching Lodge of the CANEY INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL CIRCLE, a sacred place guided by Dr Rosa Ana'O Quinones, Caney Circle behike and UCTP representative for the Ohio region.
It was an honor for me to officiate the ceremony with the help of Behike Rosa Ana'O. The altar was prepared with the four sacred foods for the four directions and as well as images of Ata Bey and Yoka Hu within a stone coa hoop.
Our good Taino brother Akichitay Urayoel came all the way across the state from the Poconos in eastern Pennsylvania to participate in this ceremony.
He honored us by performing the role of Yoka Hu the Lord of the Life Force during the Radiant Sun Ceremony.
He also took the lead in the central ritual of our Solstice tradition...The Shark Dance.
Present were a good number of members of Beike Ana'O's family as well as other friends from the Youngstown Taino community.
David Jorge, Beike Ana'O's brother, honored us with an inspiring poem dedicated to the occasion.
After the main ceremonies our brother Urayoel surprised Beike Ana'O by making a generous gift of a hand-crafted Taino mayohuakan log drum, created by himself, which is destined for the use of the Taino community of Youngstown.
The drum was marveled over by the grateful community members.
After the ceremony we were treated to some awesome Boricua food by Beike Ana'O and othe members of the community.
I want to express my most sincere gratitude to our dear sister Rosa Ana'O Quinones for opening up her home to all of us who came to share in the sacred gathering and also to all of those who joined us there to pray and sing and commune in love and brotherhood/sisterhood.
Seneko Kakona to all