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.
Interview with Cacike Opil on May 2, 2014
Published on May 20, 2014
Concilio Taíno Guatú-Ma-Cú A Borikén
Primera parte de la entrevista
del 2 de mayo de 2014 con el Cacike Opil
La información obtenida por Cacike Opil
en España fue del volumen II de las
Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas.
English translation will follow August 1, 2014
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fortunate that there are still indigenous tribes in Puerto Rico, at least one that I know of that
still practices the traditions as handed down from their ancestors. Dr. Juan Carlos Martinez-Cruzado from the University
of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez was
commissioned to do DNA testing to see if there were any Taíno Indians still in existence in Puerto
Rico. This test would confirm if the Taíno
Indians were annihilated as the history books state.
Reclaiming the Taínos Culture
all have roots and most of us know our family tree or at least we think we know
where we came from. And there were
those who were born on the island
of Puerto Rico but never felt comfortable with the typical Boricua profile. Deep, down inside, they
knew their customs and traditions were different. The secrecy that help
the Taíno's in Puerto Rico survive complete annihilation by the Spaniard also left its future indigenous
population without a culture and religion.
Escrito por: Maguida M. Rivera
Fecha: 28 de marzo 2014
Rescatando la Cultura de Los Taínos
Artículo 1 de la serie
tenemos raíces y la mayoría de nosotros conocemos a nuestro árbol
genialógico o al menos creemos que sabemos de dónde venimos. Hay
quienes nacieron en la isla de Puerto Rico pero nunca se sintieron
cómodo con el perfil típico del Puertorriqueño.
Personal Note from Maguida ~ March 13,2014
My life has always been a crossover of events that sometimes opens a bright door full of energy and knowledge that allows me to grow. In my quest to research the Taíno Culture in Puerto Rico for my 2nd book in the series The Adventures of Rellie & Tory, the Baby Dinosaur, I discovered an exciting rainbow, an opening into my heritage that was never mentioned to me as a child.
This curiosity about the Taíno culture started in 2010, when I meet the humble painter Santiago Lopez, a Puerto Rican who has done a collection of beautiful painting of the Taíno's including a rendition the uprising battle against the Spaniards.