Taíno Arts Matriarch Crosses into Koaibei

Morovis, Borikén/Puerto Rico (UCTP Taino News) – The Taíno community is mourning the loss of master ceramicist Evarista Chéverez Diaz who crossed into koaibei (the spirit world) on November 4, 2010. Known affectionately as “doña Varin,” Chéverez was a symbol of the revival of Taíno style coil rolled pottery in Borikén. She is remembered for her humor and wit as well as her knowledge of local medicinal plants and remedies.

“Doña Varin will be sincerely missed by many people of all walks of life on the island and beyond” stated Roberto Múkaro Agueibaná Borrero, a representative of the United Confederation of Taíno People. “She was a proud Taíno woman and she will remain an important part of the contemporary history of our people.”

Born in Morovis on November 16, 1933 Chéverez would have been 77 years old today. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, don Pablo Chéverez and her children Hector Luis, Felix Manuel, Pablo Alberto, Esthel Violeta, Juan Jose, Maria Janette, Nydia, Antonio, Alice Daisy, and Javier as well as a number of grandchildren.

UCTPTN 11.16.2010

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