|Taíno community members manifesting Bronx Indigenous Futurisms at Snakapins. |
Photo by Kaxhyêk
|Caridad de la Luz|
Leading the ceremonial portion of the gathering was Behike Miguel Sague, a founder of the Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle. Sagua's Taíno lineage originates in Cuba. Elder Sague is also the United Confederation of Taíno People’s Ambassador to Cuba. Lonnie Harrington, of Seminole heritage, was also a featured presenter who also shared songs that encouraged those gathered to join the circle and dance.
Also addressing the gathering by invitation was the President of the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP), R. Múkaro Agüeibaná Borrero who attend with his spouse, Joselyn Borrero (Tlingit). Borrero, who is also a Kasike (chief) of the Guainía Taíno Tribe, presented a special gift to Caridad de la Luz in recognition of her efforts and on behalf of the UCTP.