Invisible New Yorkers: Kacike René Cibanakán

The New York Times
Angel Franco
Published: December 14, 2005

Kacike René Cibanakán, 64, helps to affirm the identity of his people, the Taino, the indigenous Indians of the Caribbean. His interest was kindled in 1988, at an American Indian powwow at a Manhattan YMCA. His journal entry translates as: "Taino … that’s what I am in my soul spirit and in life. They felled a tree. They could not yank the roots, the ones that are now sprouting!"

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