If your interest is beyond cultural pride, you will especially enjoy this opportunity to claim back your heritage.
Dr. Tekina-eiru Maynard, a proud member of El Concilio Taino will present the next installment of her lecture series, Taino 101: History, Myth and Reality - "Beyond Cultural Pride". This presentation will feature original Taino music on bone and earth-clay flutes and Mayohuacan (Taino Log Drums), and will take the audience through the history of the Taino of Boriken (Puerto Rico) as documented by the Chronicles of Pane, Las Casas, and others, supplemented with oral history. Mitochodrial DNA (mtDNA) results that are rewriting Taino history are shared, and Taino traditions being rescued and restored by the Pueblo of Guatu Ma-cu are presented.
Tekina-eiru will end the day teaching an Areyto "Guaytiao," a Taino ceremonial dance for all accompanied by Mayohuacans drums.
This day of Taino discovery and celebration is free and open to the public, and will be hosted by the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin 78702. Entrance is in the back, just steps away from the free parking lot. Here are Directions.
Roberto Clemente was -- The Great One -- one of the greatest Puerto Rican baseball players of all time! On Saturday, March 10th, 10am-2pm, come enjoy a showing of Roberto Clemente Memorabilia! Edwin Baez, "die hard" Clemente fan and avid collector of baseball cards, will show his collection and teach you how to start collecting cards in any sport. Come collect trading cards. Follow the career of your favorite sports star!!
At PRFD Cultural Center we are more than dance and music! Our sports experts promise there will be surprises! SO COME ONE COME ALL to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, in Austin, Texas 78702. Our entrance is on back of the building, steps away from the free parking lot. Here are directions.
This year's activities will include authentic Areytos (ceremonial dances), Naming and Coming of Age ceremonies, and 1000 year ceremonial old ballgames of Batu. We will enjoy workshops in Taino traditions, including the making of traditional toys and crafts using natural resources, the Taino language, and the use of medicinal plants. We will hike Taino style -- with mayohuacan (log drum) and maracas! -- and enjoy a Taino cooking competition sponsored by Fiesta Mart. This year's Taino Camping Trip is sponsored in part by this program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Commission on the Arts, Fiesta Mart, and private donors.
Los Hijos will present their organization and mission. Tekina-eiru Maynard, our PRFDance Director and Tekina of El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-Cu A Boriken will deliver her next installation of "Taino 101 Lecture: History, Myth and Reality." Dr. Maynard's Taino 101 series is a one hour presentation, featuring live Taino music, that takes the audience through the history of the Taino, as documented by the Chronicles of Pane, Las Casas, and others, and supplemented with oral history. Taino traditions being preserved, rescued and restored by the pueblo of El Concilio Guatu Ma Cu A Boriken are presented.
This Taino opening event of the season will end with an Areyto (Ceremonial Dance) that all will be able to participate in. It will take place at our Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin Texas, 78702. Here are Directions.
In 1969, under El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan, the Chicano Movement ushered in a renewal of the consciousness of mestizaje, the mixture of Spanish and Indian as a basis for cultural identity. By 1980 many Chicana/o activists had decided to steer a different course, that of reclaiming indigenous identity. "...and the dead shall rise" documents their efforts in both local and international settings, outlining an ideological framework that now resonates in nearly all Mexican American communities.
Through a narrative guided by the words of 80 year old Rafael Guerrero we witness the literal rebirth of practices once thought lost in a remote time. Don Rafael, a Yaqui veteran of the Mexican Revolution, founding member of the United Farm Workers, and graduate of the University of California, speaks with a compelling authority. He convinces the viewer that his message was prophetic and it continues to resonate whenever we hear Evo Morales speak before the U.N. or read blogs about 2012 on the internet.
The film premiered at the International Latino Film Festival in Chicago in 1990. Now you can participate in its revival and decide for yourself if don Rafael's prediction that the "dead shall rise" is becoming a reality. Join us for the Austin premier and participate in a dialogue of what constitutes an indigenous identity. Special guests for a panel discussion after the viewing include Dr. Mario Garza, Indigenous Cultures Institute; Dr. Tekina-eiru' Maynard, Tekina-Suania, Concilio Taino; and the film's producers Carlos Aceves and Gabriel S. Gaytan.
This event will take place at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin, TX, 78702. For more information, contact PRFDance or Maria Rocha, Indigenous Cultures Institute, (512) 393-3310, ICIinfo@IndigenousCultures.org.
Bring your maraca! After the game we'll be heating up our new Ceremonial Mayohucan (http://www.prfdance.org/manayani.htm) with a celebration Areyto to mark our first Taino community event! This event will take place on the lawn outside our Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street in Austin, and will be free and open to the public.
On February 3rd, 2008 (2-4pm), Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance will offer a workshop on the life of Roberto Clemente. Edwin Baez, our workshop host will be presenting his lifetime collection of Clemente memorabilia. SURPRISE GUEST Zulma Clemente will be sharing personal memories about her Tio (uncle). Edwin will also bring a kit to teach children how to collect and price baseball cards. This event will be FREE and open to the public.
Edwin Baez, a member of the University of Texas Technical Staff, teaches at Dept of Physics and is a die hard Clemente fan! Edwin will be the host of this 2008 Series that will offer workshops by Puerto Rican experts in a wide variety of topics.
This entertaining workshop will present the poetry of Pales, how it spans Afro-Caribbean literature, and what it means to Puerto Ricans. This workshop will be presented in Spanish and English by Puerto Rico's own Tomas Ayala-Torres, creative writer and translator with expertise in World Literature and Poetry.
This two-hour workshop will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from from 2-4pm at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center. Admission is $5, but FREE to current Cultural Center student/participants and FREE to PRFDance Familia Members! PLEASE RSVP - seating is limited.
This two-hour art showing and vejigante mask workshop will take place on Saturday, January 31, from 1-3pm at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center. Admission is FREE to current Cultural Center students and participants! Donations from visitors appreciated.
Please register by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (512-251-8122) by January 25 to help estimate craft materials and refreshments. The Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center is located at 507B Pressler Street in Austin Texas (between MOPAC & Lamar, off 5th). Here's a FLYER for this event.
Biography - Lucy Llera
Lucy Llera was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico. She received her bachelors degree in art and education from the University of Puerto Rico, and was an art teacher for over 13 years in Cidra. In 1982 she moved to Texas where she studied art at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Afterwards she continued her teaching career in bilingual education, for which she has received awards. From 1984-93, Lucy studied painting with Warren Hunter, a respected artist in San Antonio, and later with Daniel Green and Dalhart Wingberg. She is a member of the Water Color Society, the Calligraphy Guild, and the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. In Coppini, she received awards such as Artist of the Month and 2nd prize in oil painting. Since 1986 she has been a member of Sociedad Herencia Puertorriquena, a San-Antonio based Puerto Rican cultural organization, for whom she has created cultural-themed posters for their annual festivals.
The Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center will host Dr. Daisy Diaz-Alemany who will present an entertaining and historical lecture on the evolution of Puerto Rican food through 500 years of history, discovery to present time. This two-hour workshop will take us on a culinary journey through the three major ethnic influences of Puerto Rican culture -- native Taino, African, and European heritage.
This workshop takes place on Saturday, June 1, 2002, from 1-3pm at the Austin Community College campus at Rio Grande in Room 343 on the 3rd Floor. This cost is $7, which covers refreshments and class materials.
Early registration by email (email@example.com) before May 15th will help estimate class materials and refreshments. ACC's Rio Grand Campus is located at 1212 Rio Grande Street in Austin (corner with 12th Street). See map for directions - http://www3.austin.cc.tx.us/evpcss/rgc/map.htm
Biography - Dr. Daisy Diaz-Alemany
Dr. Daisy Diaz-Alemany is a Puerto Rican who has a profound and abiding love for everything culinary, and is a serious student of the relationship between food and culture in different countries. She has a Ph.D. from UT-Austin in Human Resources Development, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
|When:||Saturday, Sept 22, 3-5pm|
|Where:|| Austin Community College campus at
The Highland Business Center
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.
See map - http://www3.austin.cc.tx.us/evpcss/hbc/map.htm
|Room:||4th Floor, room 411|
|Cost:||$3 to cover refreshments and class materials|
|To Register:||firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-251-8122|
Please register - classroom seating is limited. This workshop is supported in part by the AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS.
Biography - Mercedes Cruz-Gonzalez
Born in Puerto Rico, Mercedes Cruz-Gonzalez is an internationally recognized poet. She has performed her poems in Tailandia, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Columbia, Panama and other countries. In Costa Rica she directed a radio program under the auspices of UNESCO. Mercedes is also a song writer, actress and journalist, and has worked in radio, theatre and film. Her songs have been interpreted by Enrique, winner of the Premio OTI of San Antonio, by Tejana singer Silvia Sol, pianist Paco Paco, and Tony Croatto, famous trovador of Puerto Rican music. In 1995, the National Hispanic Honor Society of the Southwest Texas State University (San Marcos) dedicated their edition of "Al Principio" to her work as a poet, composer and journalist, and for her contributions to hispanic culture.
We hold the banner high for Puerto Rico everyday!
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