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. We talked about the research he had compiled which I found fascinating.
Now I find myself, like Santiago and Rafy Cuna doing research for my book and my cultural website ArtReviewPR.com, searching for the truth as told by the Taíno Indians, their heritage and culture handed down from one generation to another.
The University of Puerto Rico conducted a research on this subject some years ago which included DNA testing. One of the places was a town in the mountains and the results showed that everyone in that town were descendants of the Taíno's. They also concluded that "...65% of the population in Puerto Rico has Taíno in their DNA...". Mind Boggling!
In the upcoming months, you will hear from a tribe about their history in video interviews that this culture suffered and how they survived. During the course of my research, I too will seek to have my DNA tested, Why? Well, there is a good possibility that it might show Taíno ancestry in my DNA because my mother was born and raised in Jayuya, a town in the central mountains of Puerto Rico where today the Taíno culture still exists.