El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-cu A Boriken
in collaboration with PRFD Cultural Center

1st Annual Taino Earth Celebration 2012

On April 21, 2012, El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-cu a Boriken in collaboration with the PRFD Cultural Center celebrated the 1st Annual Taino Earth Celebration & Picnic, Berry Springs Park, in Georgetown Texas. El Concilio's Tekina-eiru' Maynard, was joined by members of the Puerto Rican cultural Center, multiple-generation extended families from the local community, native american students from the University of Texas, as well as visiting Taino and other natives from as far away as Killeen. Even Attabey (Mother Earth) seemed to have sent representatives, as a woodpecker, a sacred bird from our creation stories, and other relevant wildlife made appearances throughout the day.

This all-day, free event featured educational activities that taught our community -- and especially the children -- about the importance of taking care of the earth and using the resources around us wisely. Children to seniors, enjoyed workshops that included: making crafts with natural paints and recycled resources; how to feed wildlife with renewable resources (the circle of life); how to play ancient Taino ballgame of batu; making toys with available resources; native stories and Taino history!

Throughout the day, Tekina-eiru' play the Taino music of her pueblo based in the mountains of Boriken, featuring mayohacan and bajio (Taino bone and clay flutes). All enjoyed learning distinct maraca rhythms, songs in Taino, and basic Taino dance. The day ended in an Areyto (ceremonial dance), in STREET CLOTHES, so that all felt welcome to participate and celebrate all they had learned!

We thank El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-cu A Boriken, for teaching Central Texas about our Taino heritage. Tekina-eirú is trained in her Taino traditions and native leadership by (Chief) El Cacike Caciba Opil. She is a Tekina in the Suania (a teacher of traditions in the Americas) and a consecrated Elder for El Concilio.

Taller de Musica Taina

Circulo de la Vida y Taller de Artesania Natural

El Juego de Batu

Aretyo - Taino Ceremonial Dance!!

Jajom Attabey!!

Enjoy more photos of our Taino Heritage!!

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)
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