Raul Lall representing Guyana at Judo at London Olympics

GUYANA - Starting today, national lightweight judo champion Raul Lall of the Rising Sun Judo Dojo will becomethe first Guyanese Judoka to actually compete at the Olympics. Lall started playing Judo about 3 years ago, coming from a strong a judo family, both his father and uncle played, his uncle being one of the best judokas a Guyana ever produced and the founder of the Rising Sun dojo.

Raul shot up through Judo ranks bouyed by amazing natural talent, the ability to absorb what he is taught and a stubborn attitude to just win competitions, he has absolutely dominated the lightweight category.  For the last 2 years no local lightweight could get past Lall.

The use of heavy weights has given the 18 year old a distinct advantage against competitors his size, being able to power past them in competition.  He will hope to combine his power and skill to bring Guyana glory at these game, no easy task, but his tenacious nature will ensure he gives his best shot.

Lall is trained by Bruce Fraser – Instructor Rising Sun, and the entire club is rooting for him to do well at the London Olympic Games.

Source: Kaieteur News


Sacred Run in Boriken Continues

The Boriken Run for Peace and Dignity Stops along the Pastillos/Tibes exit on Route 10  (Photo credit: R. Guayacan Hernandez)

Boriken/Puerto Rico (UCTP Taino News) - A group of Taino youth and supporters are continuing their sacred run throughout the island of Boriken (Puerto Rico) today in Mayaguez. The Boriken run, dedicated to water, is a part of the 2012 Peace and Dignity Journeys, an indigenous continental run linking communities throughout the hemisphere. During their stop in Mayaguez, the runners will continue to meet with local community members promoting the vision of the Peace and Dignity Journeys as well as Taino culture.

The Boriken Run begin with a sunrise ceremony on Wednesday in Jayuya, and continued yesterday with visits to Taino sacred sites in the Ponce area such as Jacanas and Tibes.   The runners are carrying sacred matuko (staffs) that “represent the prayers of the people”.  Similar runs began in Alaska and South America last month.  An additional run also began today in Kiskeia (Dominican Republic). 

While in Ponce, the honorable Victor Vassallo of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives officially greeted the runners to the area. Vassallo also expressed his commitment to making the Taino presence more visible on the island, and expressed his thanks to the United Confederation of Taino People for making him aware of the historic initiative. 

The next stop for the group will be Arecibo on Saturday, followed by a closing ceremony in “El Yunke” rainforest. Three of the runners from Boriken then join other runners in New York to begin the East Coast run on August 5. The final destination for the various runs is Guatemala for the closing ceremony.    Donations to assist the runners on their journey can be made at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/164824 .


Boriken Youth to Begin Sacred Run

Yari Sierra promoting the 2012 Peace and Dignity Run in Ponce
Ponce, Boriken/Puerto Rico (UCTP Taino News) – One of the coordinators of the 2012 Boriken Peace and Dignity Run, Yari Sierra, hosted a final fundraising activity at Ponce's Plaza del Caribe shopping mall to promote the upcoming Taíno sacred run and related events in the Ponce area. Sierra is working hard to generate the necessary funds to cover the expenses of this year’s Run scheduled to begin in two days.

Equipped with promotional material brochures and summary pages, Sierra presented video clips of last year's successful Peace and Dignity Run along with photographs to an interested public. Many individuals stopped by her information table to learn more about this historic event and the young Taíno community members that are putting this all together.

Participants and supporters of the Boriken Peace and Dignity Run will camp out at Jayuya's "Cemi Cedetra y Casa Canales" located in Coabey on Tuesday afternoon to begin preparations for Wednesday's Sunrise ceremony. This ceremony will officially begin the 2012 Peace and Dignity Run on the island, which links to an additional run down the East Coast of the U.S., and the main continental run schedule to end in Guatemala this December. An additional run will take place in Kiskeia (Dominican Republic) around the same time period.
Runners will make the journey from CEDERTA in Jayuya to Utuado's Caguana Ceremonial Center on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday's morning events will start at Jacanas from where runners will trek to Tibes Ceremonial Park in Ponce.  From Tibes, the runners will head to Mayaguez with activities scheduled till the end of the week.

For more information on how you can support the 2012 Boriken Peace and Dignity Run contact yarisina1@yahoo.com or visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/164824 .

Author: Roger Guayacan Hernandez
Source: UCTP Taino News


Taíno Flag Presented to National Museum of the American Indian

José Barreiro accepts Taino Confederation flag on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution
Washington D.C. (UCTP Taino News) - On Friday, July 13 2012, the flag of the United Confederation of Taíno People was formally presented to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The flag will now become part of the Museum’s permanent collection and is scheduled to be displayed annually along with the flags of other Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere during the observance of Native American Heritage month. The Taíno flag was presented to José Barreiro, the Museum’s Assistant Director for Research by Confederation President Roberto Mukaro Borrero. The historic flag presentation opened a public symposium entitled “Beyond Extinction: Updates from the Field”, a program that culminated a week long workshop session focusing on indigenous Taíno related themes.

UCTPTN 07.08.2012


Smithsonian Talks Taino Beyond “Extinction”

Dr. Juan Martínez Cruzado, Roberto Mukaro Borrero (Taino), Dr. Juan Manuel Delgado Colon, and Dr. Osvaldo García Goyco in Washington D.C.
Washington DC (UCTP Taino News) - The second workshop focusing on Taíno and Caribbean Indigenous “consciousness” opened today at the Smithsonian’s National Museum on the American Indian in Washington DC. Well-respected scholars and activists from diverse disciplines around the Caribbean and Diaspora will meet though the week to further discuss various Taíno and Caribbean indigenous themes as well as plans for a proposed exhibition in 2016.

Participants include Dr. Joseph Palacio (University of the West Indies), Dr. Juan Martínez Cruzado (University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez), Dr. Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique (Independent Scholar, Haiti), Lesley-Gail Atkinson (Jamaica National Heritage Trust), Alejandro Hartmann (Museo Matachín de Baracoa), Dr. José Barreiro (National Museum of the American Indian), Dr. Lynne Guitar (Independent Scholar, Dominican Republic),  Dr. Juan Manuel Delgado Colon (Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe), Jorge Estevez (National Museum of the American Indian), Ariel Boinayel Mota (Filmmaker, Dominican Republic), Clennis Tavarez Maria (Museo del Hombre Dominicano), Dr. Jose Antonio Garcia Molina (Independent Scholar, Cuba), Alejandro Hartmann Matos (Museo de Matachin, Cuba), Dr. Osvaldo García Goyco (Jardín Botánico, Puerto Rico), Alex Zacarias (Filmmaker, Puerto Rico), and Roberto Mukaro Borrero (United Confederation of Taíno People).  

The program is a collaboration between the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Latino Center, and will culminate on Friday, July 13 with a free public symposium from 2-5pm.

UCTPTN 07.09.2010