A Taíno and A Monk
Last Tuesday, I did a video interview with Kujon, a Monk and a Taino. My interviews are simple, I only ask a question or two and just listen. Listening to what Kujon had to say to the general public was interesting and bare. I hope to have it on YouTube in a month along with an English translation, voice override with Kujon’s voice low in the background.
Before the interview, I asked Kujon again, if he would permit me to do a biography of his life. We discussed what that meant, and I emphasized how important it is to tell the world about his tribe. The blood line is pure Taíno. He comes from a tribe that has been cloaked for hundreds of years, thanks to a secret. They still isolate themselves from everyone. Kujon’s grandfather told him that they were phantom‘s among the rest of the population. A true and documented secret that keep this tribe from extinction by the Spaniards. Even though the Spaniards are long gone, they still remained secluded. This isolation has kept their traditions, folklore and their language intact.
Talking with Kujon you have to get use to his pace, it's that Monk discipline that has never left him but in the end he agreed to let me do his biography. Really excited about this undertaking which I figure will take me no less than a year. This is not a novel, so I must document and substantiate the road this tribe has walked to survive.
Maybe by the end of my manuscript which will first be in Spanish, they will permit me an interview with the Elders. Will let you know when the interview is on YouTube.
Maguida aka Marie M. Rivera
June 15th, 2014