Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 01:27:45 EST
Subject: Fwd: #40 - Guaroko-Guaaji-Karaya
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:34:08 EST
Subject: #40 - Guaroko-Guaaji-Karaya
Guaroko-Guaaji-Karaya: Month of remembrance & enslavement
By Bo Matum
17 November 1999
Biaraku wishes to remind all our readers that November 24th is the "Day of
Remembrance" and November 25th is the "Day of Enslavement" on the Island of
Boriken. As November is Native American Month in the United States, it
behooves us to remember the struggles our ancestors had to overcome to
survive the European encounter and that we still struggle today to live our
We view the Taino people as a people still in the process of evolution and
self-discovery. Biaraku supports the need for harmony, understanding and the
spirit of unity which was and is vital part of our ancestral ways.
So we are Tainos, we do exist, now what? Where do we go from here -- and how?
Do we bicker among ourselves as to who is cacique and who isn't; who is
representing us and who is misrepresenting us? These issues pale in
comparison to the larger need -- the environmental destruction of our
homelands, the disrespect of our culture and our ceremonial grounds; the
disrespect and lack of awareness among our brothers and sisters who are lost
in drugs and alcohol, materialism and greed; and the need to educate our
young in the spiritual ways of our ancestors. We are sure there are many
other issues that need to be addressed.
What matters most is the work. What is the work? To live as our ancestors
lived knowing that we must survive in a modern context. We need to ask
ourselves as individuals "what am I doing to contribute to this awareness and
how am I living?" For example, am I respecting and honoring my elders by
helping them when they need help and going to them for guidance? Am I
honoring and respecting my brothers and sisters around me or am I being
judgemental and criticizing them for who they are and they way they live.
Sometimes we need to swallow our pride, and push aside our egos for the
better of the whole.
Areitos and ceremonies can be part of the healing process that are necessary
for us to live in harmony and understanding as our ancestors would have
wanted. Taller Tiju is holding a winter solstice ceremony in Boriken that is
open to all. We welcome these overtures and any other ceremonies that will
bring our people together.
In honor of our ancestors, may we discover the true meaning of walking on
Bo Matum, taino ti
Biaraku - First People of a Sacred Place