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Boricua Census 2010
Taino from Boriken be counted!

Boricuas! Soon the Census will be arriving in the mail. Here are instructions if you want to identify as Taino from Boriken in the Census.

Boricuas! Pronto el Census va a llegar en el correo. Aqui son instrucciones si quiere identificar como Taino de Boriken en El Census.

  • Question #8: Ethnicity (Hispanic/Latino Origin), choose "Yes Puerto Rico".
  • Pregunta #8: Etnicidad (Origen Hispano/Latino), escoge "Yes, Puerto Rican"

  • Question #9: Race, choose, "American Indian" and WRITE "Taino"
  • Pregunta #9: Raza, escoge "American Indian" y ESCRIBE "Taino"


    Example: http://conciliotainopr.org/Tainos_census_question9.jpg
    Muestra: http://conciliotainopr.org/Taino_census_question9_spanish.jpg
    Info sent to our World-Wide community.
    In English y Espa~nol

    
    
    ---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
    Subject: PRFDance & Census - Televised Performance at State Capitol (March
    12)!! 
    From:    "Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru Maynard" 
    Date:    Sun, March 7, 2010 4:09 pm
    To:      dance@prfdance.org
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    Dear Friends!
    
    On Friday March 12 (10am), Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance will join the U.S.
    Census Bureau in a televised event on the South Steps of the Texas State
    Capitol, along with Secretary of State Hope Andrade, Census Bureau Regional
    Director  Gabriel Sanchez, the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, the Texas
    Legislative  Black Caucus, and others!
    
    PRFDance will honor Puerto Rico's "primera raiz" (1st root) with a performance
    of native Taino music, with authentic ceremonial log drums and bajio (Taino
    flute). We will also perform Bomba, featuring authentic barril drums and
    improvised dance, to honor Africa's contribution to our lively culture. 
    
    The event will feature the 2010 Census Texas Road Tour Van, an interactive
    display that will be prominently featured against the capitol building,  and
    will open with an inspirational performance by the Austin Community  Steelband
    Band (Steelpan). I won't spoil the surprise, but if you are  easily moved,
    bring your tissues!
    
    
    Census - Boricuas be counted!
    -----------------------------
    
    We urge all Puerto Ricans to fill out their Census, especially those here with
    me in the Big State of Texas!!! Judging by the large numbers of "banderas"  I
    see in cars today, our numbers have greatly grown!
    
    To those Boricuas who further identify as Taino, this is an opportunity to
    reverse the 1800 Census (to Spain) that eliminated the Indio category, and
    erased on paper the existance of thousands of Taino still living in the
    mountains of  Boriken. 
    
    The Taino people, thousands across the US and Puerto Rico, have a unique
    opportunity to let the world know...
    
    "We, the Taino are still here."  
    
    Simple directions (English & Spanish) below.
    
    If you find this topic fascinating, enjoy Thursday's interview from the
    American Statesman (Ahora Si), the latest of many interviews: 
    
    Censo: Un mal conteo cuesta mucho, AhoraSi.com, Tania Lara, March 4, 2010
    http://www.ahorasi.com/reportaje-%c2%bb-un-mal-conteo-cuesta-mucho/
    
    
    Census 2010 & Taino de Boriken - Instrucciones / Instructions
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Boricuas! Instructions to further identify as Taino from Boriken in the Census.
    Boricuas! Instrucciones si quiere identificar como Taino de Boriken en El
    Census.
    
    - Question #8: Ethnicity (Hispanic/Latino Origin), choose "Yes Puerto Rico".
      PREGUNTA #8 ETNICIDAD (ORIGEN HISPANO/LATINO), ESCOGE: "Yes, Puerto Rican"
    
    - Question #9: Race, Choose, American Indian and write in"Taino"
      PREGUNTA #9 RAZA, ESCOGE: "American Indian" Y ESCRIBE "Taino"
    
    
    Example:  http://conciliotainopr.org/Tainos_census_question9.jpg
    Muestra:  http://conciliotainopr.org/Taino_census_question9_spanish.jpg
    
    
    Semign cacona guari,
    Que Dios te cuide y te guarde siempre.
    
    --
    Dr. Tekina-eiru' Maynard
    Concilio Taino Guatu Ma Cu a Boriken
    Website: http://conciliotainopr.org
    
    AND 
    
    Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru' Maynard, Founding Director
    Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center
    Center Location: 701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702 
    Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728 
    Website:   http://www.prfdance.org
    Email: dance@prfdance.org
    Phone: (512)251-8122
    
    "Proud of our Taino Blood! From the roots of this noble tree,
    the next generation grows!"   -- Tekina-eiru' 
    
    
    
    --------------------------- Original Message ---------------------------- 
    Subject: Census 2010 & Taino de Boriken - Instrucciones / Instructions 
    From:    "Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru Maynard" 
    Date:    Wed, March 3, 2010 7:56 pm
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    Yao Guaytiao / Hi Friends / Hola Amigos
    
    The Census is already arriving at many homes. Here are instructions if you want
    to identify as a Taino from Boriken in the Census.
    
    El Census esta llegando ya a muchas casas.  Esto son instrucciones si quiere
    identificar como Taino de Boriken en El Census.
    
    
    Census 2010 - Instructions for el Pueblo Taino de Boriken!!
    English Version (Espa~nol Abajo)
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Maria Rocha and Mario Garza from Indigenous Cultures Institute
    (Census 2010 partners) have been educating and guiding us on how Taino from
    Boriken can best self-identify on the 2010 Census so that Taino voices can 
    count, as maximum-as-possible, as indigenous people who -- really are -- 
    alive and well.
    
    Here is information for all who are interested in this topic!
    
    First some words of inspiration
    ---------------------------------
    
    In 1800 on Boriken (Puerto Rico) -- at the time, part of Spain --
    thousands  of full-blooded Taino who still lived in the mountains
    disappeared from  record when the Indian category was dropped from the Census.
    
    The new changes to the US 2010 Census give Taino the opportunity to get BACK on
    the Census!
    
    The US Census creates categories based on who they think are "alive" to count.
    The Taino people have a unique opportunity to "inform" the Census that  "We,
    the Taino are still here."
    
    
    What can Taino do to best be counted?
    --------------------------------------
    
    According to the Indigenous Cultures Institute, the BEST WAY Taino of Boriken
    can be counted and effect change in the Census is if the thousands of  Taino in
    Puerto Rico and on the mainland  -- yes, thousands -- ALL FILL  OUT THE CENSUS
    IN THE SAME WAY, so that there is no confusion, and all are counted in the same
    "category".
    
    Indigenous Cultures Institute recommends that Taino from Boriken
    fill out the Census in the follow way:
    
    - Question #8 on Ethnicity (Hispanic Origin), choose:  "Yes, Puerto Rican" -
      Question #9 on Race, choose: "American Indian" and WRITE IN "Taino"
    
    If you would like to fill out the Census in this way, a picture is worth a
    thousand words. Here is what this looks like (English, Spanish):
    
    http://conciliotainopr.org/Tainos_census_question9.jpg
    http://conciliotainopr.org/Taino_census_question9_spanish.jpg
    
    
    Final Words
    ---------------------------
    
    
    "The Census is counting people and wants to know how you identify
    yourself. Each individual who fills out a Census survey form can
    self-identify any way they want.  This 2010 Census is an opportunity for us to
    make the U.S. government and its citizens aware that there are Native people
    here who are still alive and honoring their Native ancestry.
     It is important that all Native people have a voice in this country and
    be acknowledged when decisions are made about public policy, funds, and other
    national interests." -- Maria Rocha, Indigenous Cultures Institute
    
    
    Please forward this information to all who would benefit!
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    Census 2010 - Instructiones para el Pueblo Taino de Boriken!!
    Version en Espa~nol (English Above)
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    
    Maria Rocha and Mario Garza del Instituto de culturas
    Indigenas (Companyeros del Censo 2010) esta educando y guiando nosotros acerca
    de como puede hacerse contar la voz Taina en su maxima expresion, como gente
    indigena que en verdad sigue viva y Bien.
    
    Este correo es para compartir estas noticias!
    Primero los quiero inspirar con algo...
    ---------------------------------
    
    En el anyo 1800 en Boriken (Puerto Rico) -- cuando era parte de Espanya --
    Miles de TAinos de pura sangre aun vivian en las montanyas pero no los
    contaron, ya que la categoria "Indio" fue eliminada del Censo
    Espanyol.
    
    Los cambios al Censo del 2010 Census nos dan al Taino la oportunidad de VOLVER
    SER CONTADOS EN EL CENSO!
    
    Las categorias del Censo Estadounidense estan creadas segun la gente que ellos
    creen esta viva aun y necesitan contar. Los TAinos tenemos la oportunidad de
    informar al censo de que LOS TAINOS AUN EXISTIMOS.
    
    DE QUE MANERA SERIA MEJOR SER CONTADOS COMO TAINOS?
    --------------------------------------
    
    Segun el Instituto de Culturas Indigenas, La MEJOR MANERA para los tainos ser
    contados es y causar un cambio en el censo es si los miles de taino en la isla
    y en los EU (SI SOMOS MILES) LLENAMOS EL CENSO DE LA MISMA FORMA, para que nos
    cuenten en la misma categoria y no haya confusion
    
    El ICI DICE QUE LOS TAINOS DE BPRIKEN DEBE IDENTIFICARSE CON ESTO:
    
    - PREGUNTA #8 ETNICIDAD (ORIGEN HISPANO), ESCOGE: "Yes, Puerto Rican" -
      PREGUNTA #9 RAZA, ESCOGE: "American Indian" Y ESCRIBE "Taino"
    
    SE VERIA DE ESTA MANERA EN LA PLANILLA:
    http://conciliotainopr.org/Tainos_census_question9.jpg
    http://conciliotainopr.org/Taino_census_question9_spanish.jpg
    
    
    EXHORTACION FINAL
    ---------------------------
    
    "El Censo cuenta la personas y le interesa saber como usted se
    identifica. Cada individuo que llena una encuesta del Censo puede
    auto/identificarse de la forma que desee. Este Censo del 2010 es la oportunidad
    que temenos para dejar saber al gobierno de los E.U. que sus ciiudadanos estan
    al tanto de que existen aun pesonas Nativas de estas tierras y que honran y
    reconocen sus Ancestros Nativos. Es de importancia de que toda persona Nativa
    tenga una voz en este pais y que se le cuente cuando decisiones se lleven a
    cabo acerca de medidas publicas, fondos disponibles y otros intereses
    nacionales." --Maria Rocha, Indigenous Cultures Institute
    
    
    ENVIEN ESTO A TODO AQUEL QUE SE INTERESE!
    
    
    Semign cacona guari,
    Que Dios te cuide y te guarde siempre.
    
    --
    Dr. Tekina-eiru' Maynard
    Concilio Taino Guatu Ma Cu a Boriken
    Website: http://conciliotainopr.org
    
    AND
    
    Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru' Maynard, Founding Director
    Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center
    Center Location: 701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702
    Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728
    Website:   http://www.prfdance.org
    Email: dance@prfdance.org
    Phone: (512)251-8122
    
    "Proud of our Taino Blood! From the roots of this noble tree,
    the next generation grows!"   -- Tekina-eiru'
    
    
    
    ---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
    Subject: PRFDance - Taino Census 2010, News Story, Further Instructions!! 
    From: "Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru Maynard" 
    Date:  Wed, February 17, 2010 5:39 pm
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    Yao Guaytiao (Hi Friends, in Taino!)
    
    Apparently my email ("Taino, be counted in Census 2010!!") got the interest of
    local media in Central Texas! Enjoy yesterday's News8 Austin  interview of
    Maria Rocha, Indigenous Cultures Institute discussing the  changes to the 2010
    Census that give opportunity for Hispanics to FURTHER  self-identify as
    Indigenous people:
    http://news8austin.com/shared/video/video_pop.asp?destlist=77150
    
    This week Maria Rocha and Mario Garza from Indigenous Cultures Institute
    (Census 2010 partners) gave me further education and guidance on how Taino can
    best self-identify on the 2010 Census so that Taino voices can count, as
    maximum-as-possible, as indigenous people who -- really are -- alive and well.  
    
    This email shares this information with all who are interested in this topic! 
    
    First some words of inspiration
    ---------------------------------
    
    In 1800 on Boriken (Puerto Rico) -- at the time, part of Spain -- thousands  of
    full-blooded Taino who still lived in the mountains disappeared from  record
    when the Indian category was dropped from the Census.  
    
    The new changes to the US 2010 Census give Taino the opportunity to get BACK on
    the Census! 
    
    The US Census creates categories based on who they think are "alive" to count.
    The Taino people have a unique opportunity to "inform" the Census that  "We,
    the Taino are still here."
    
    
    What can Taino do to best be counted?
    --------------------------------------
    
    According to the Indigenous Cultures Institute, the BEST WAY Taino of Boriken
    can be counted and effect change in the Census is if the thousands of  Taino in
    Puerto Rico and on the mainland  -- yes, thousands -- ALL FILL  OUT THE CENSUS
    IN THE SAME WAY, so that there is no confusion, and  all are counted in the
    same "category".
    
    Indigenous Cultures Institute recommends that Taino from Boriken
    fill out the Census in the follow way:
    
    - Question #8 on Ethnicity (Hispanic Origin), choose:  "Yes, Puerto Rican" 
    - Question #9 on Race, choose: "American Indian" and WRITE IN "Taino"
    
    If you would like to fill out the Census in this way, a picture is worth  a
    thousand words. Here is what this looks like:
    
    http://conciliotainopr.org/Tainos_census_question9.jpg
    
    
    Final Words
    ---------------------------
    
    I'd like to thank The Indigenous Cultures Institute for their education  and
    guidance in this important issue.  They are happy to hear from anyone who may
    have questions.  Maria Rocha shares with us these final words:
    
    "The Census is counting people and wants to know how you identify yourself.
    Each individual who fills out a Census survey form can self-identify any way
    they want.  This 2010 Census is an opportunity for us to make the U.S.
    government and its citizens aware that there are Native people here who are
    still alive and honoring their Native ancestry.  It is important that all
    Native people have a voice in this country and be acknowledged when decisions
    are made about public policy, funds, and other national interests."
    
    Last but not least, if you have questions about YOUR Taino identity and  do not
    have anyone to speak to, feel free to contact me.
    
    
    Please forward this information to all who would benefit!
    
    Semign cacona guari,
    Que Dios te cuide y te guarde siempre.
    
    --
    Dr. Tekina-eiru' Maynard
    Concilio Taino Guatu Ma Cu a Boriken
    Website: http://conciliotainopr.org/
    
    AND
    
    Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru' Maynard, Founding Director
    Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center
    Center Location: 701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702 
    Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728 
    Website:   http://www.prfdance.org
    Email: dance@prfdance.org
    Phone: (512)251-8122
    
    "Proud of our Taino Blood! From the roots of this noble tree,
    the next generation grows!"   -- Tekina-eiru' 
    
    
    
    ---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
    Subject: PRFDance - Taino, be counted in Census 2010!!
    From:    "Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru Maynard" 
    Date:    Sat, February 13, 2010 8:47 am
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    Dear Friends! 
    
    As many know (and many don't know!), the Taino people are far from "dead".
    How can Taino be counted in the Census?   
    
    I would like thank Maria Rocha at the Indigenous Cultures Institute
    (http://www.indigenouscultures.org/) who was able to provide information on how
    Taino from Boriken can be counted:   
    
    "At the Census Bureau conference in San Antonio where Indigenous Cultures was
    invited to attend along with several tribal entities, the information on the
    attached flyer that we developed was explained to everyone.  We are Census 2010
    Partners and will be distributing this flyer at the powwow this weekend and
    everywhere we go.  
    
    As you will see, Puerto Ricans are explicitly named on question 8 of the Census
    survey, and then you can claim "indigineity" and tribal heritage on question 9.
    The Census is not governed by law, as you can self identify as ANYTHING YOU
    WANT -- freedom of speech.  And your privacy is protected, as their website
    shows.  Our new website has a link to the Census website as well.  Thank you so
    much for asking about this most vital question for the sake of your People."
    -- Maria Rocha, Indigenous Cultures Institute
    
    
    Please forward this information to all who would benefit.
    
    Semign cacona guari,
    Que Dios te cuide y te guarde siempre.
    
    --
    Dr. Tekina-eiru' Maynard
    Concilio Taino Guatu Ma Cu a Boriken
    Website: http://conciliotainopr.org/
    
    AND
    
    Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru' Maynard, Founding Director
    Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center
    Center Location: 701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702 
    Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728 
    Website:   http://www.prfdance.org
    Myspace:   http://myspace.com/prfdance
    Email: dance@prfdance.org
    Phone: (512)251-8122
    
    "Proud of our Taino Blood! From the roots of this noble tree,
    the next generation grows!"   -- Tekina-eiru' 
    
    
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Thank you to Mariella, a Taina from my pueblo of Guatu Ma Cu, who
    translated this important message for us into Spanish.
    
    
    ---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
    Subject: PRFDance - (Espanol) Taino Census 2010, Prensa y Instrucciones
    From: "Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru Maynard"
    Date: Wed, February 17, 2010 4:18 pm
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Yao Guaytiao (Hola amigos, en Taino!)
    
    Aparentemente mi email ("Taino, be counted in Census 2010!!") llamo la
    atencion de los madios locales en TExas Central! Aqui esta para que
    disfruten del canal 8 de noticias en Austin TX la entrevista con Maria
    Rocha del Instituto de Culturas Indigenas hablando de los cambios al
    Censo 2010 que dan oportunidad para los hispanos de auto identificarse
    ADEMAS como gente Indigena:
    http://news8austin.com/shared/video/video_pop.asp?destlist=77150
    
    Esta semana Maria Rocha and Mario Garza del Instituto de culturas
    Indigenas (Companyeros del Censo 2010) me educaron y guiaron acerca de
    como puede hacerse contar la voz Taina en su maxima expresion, como
    gente indigena que en verdad sigue viva y Bien.
    
    Este correo es para compartir estas noticias!
    Primero los quiero inspirar con algo...
    ---------------------------------
    
    En el anyo 1800 en Boriken (Puerto Rico) -- cuando era parte de Espanya
    -- Miles de TAinos de pura sangre aun vivian en las montanyas pero no
    los contaron, ya que la categoria "Indio" fue eliminada del Censo
    Espanyol.
    
    Los cambios al Censo del 2010 Census nos dan al Taino la oportunidad de VOLVER
    SER
    CONTADOS EN EL CENSO!
    
    Las categorias del Censo Estadounidense estan creadas segun la gente
    que ellos creen esta viva aun y necesitan contar. Los TAinos tenemos la
    oportunidad de informar al censo de que LOS TAINOS AUN EXISTIMOS.
    
    DE QUE MANERA SERIA MEJOR SER CONTADOS COMO TAINOS?
    --------------------------------------
    
    Segun el Instituto de Culturas Indigenas, La MEJOR MANERA para los
    tainos ser contados es y causar un cambio en el censo es si los miles
    de taino en la isla y en los EU (SI SOMOS MILES) LLENAMOS EL CENSO DE
    LA MISMA FORMA, para que nos cuenten en la misma categoria y no haya
    confusion
    
    El ICI DICE QUE LOS TAINOS DE BPRIKEN DEBE IDENTIFICARSE CON ESTO:
    - PREGUNTA #8 ETNICIDAD (ORIGEN HISPANO), ESCOGE: "Yes, Puerto Rican"
    - PREGUNTA #9 RAZA, ESCOGE: "American Indian" Y ESCRIBE "Taino"
    
    SE VERIA DE ESTA MANERA EN LA PLANILLA:
    
    http://conciliotainopr.org/Tainos_census_question9.jpg
    
    
    EXHORTACION FINAL
    ---------------------------
    
    AGRADEZCO AL ICI POR SU EDUCACION Y CONSEJERIA EN ESTE ASUNTO. ESPERAN
    PODER CONTESTAR SUS PREGUNTAS, NO DUDEN EN LLAMAR.MARIA ROCHA POR SU
    PARTE NOS COMUNICA:
    
    "El Censo cuenta la personas y le interesa saber como usted se
    identifica. Cada individuo que llena una encuesta del Censo puede
    auto/identificarse de la forma que desee. Este Censo del 2010 es la
    oportunidad que temenos para dejar saber al gobierno de los E.U. que
    sus ciiudadanos estan al tanto de que existen aun pesonas Nativas de
    estas tierras y que honran y reconocen sus Ancestros Nativos.b> Es
    de importancia de que toda persona Nativa tenga una voz en este pais y
    que se le cuente cuando decisiones se lleven a cabo acerca de medidas
    publicas, fondos disponibles y otros intereses nacionales." --Maria
    Rocha
    
    Ultimo, pero no menos importante, si tiene preguntas acerca de si tiene o no
    ancestros tainos no duden en contactarme.
    
    
    ENVIEN ESTO A TODO AQUEL QUE SE INTERESE!
    
    Semign cacona guari,
    Que Dios te cuide y te guarde siempre.
    
    --
    Dr. Tekina-eiru' Maynard
    Concilio Taino Guatu Ma Cu a Boriken
    Website: http://conciliotainopr.org
    
    AND 
    
    Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru' Maynard, Founding Director
    Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center
    Center Location: 701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702 
    Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728 
    Website:   http://www.prfdance.org
    Email: dance@prfdance.org
    Phone: (512)251-8122
    
    "Proud of our Taino Blood! From the roots of this noble tree,
    the next generation grows!"   -- Tekina-eiru' 
    
    
    

    For more information:
    Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard
    Puerto Rican Cultural Center
    Cultural Center Address: 701 Tillery Street #13, Austin TX 78702-3738 (Map & Directions)
    Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728-4555
    Phone: +1.512.251.8122      Email: dance@prfdance.org          Web: www.prfdance.org     
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