Short Film on Taíno Chief Premiers at Venezuelan Embassy in Barbados

Barbados (UCTP Taíno News) - A short film, highlighting the bravery of Taíno Kasike (chief) Guamá premiered at the Venezuelan Embassy in Barbados on Friday, January 27, 2023. The work of First Nations Productions, a fledgling Indigenous media group, led by Lokono Hereditary Chief, Damon G. Corrie was the first ever to feature the chief’s story.

The 23-minute film was premiered along with ”The Last Arawak Girl of Barbados,” another film short by First Nations Productions in collaboration with Poste Creativo based in Venezuela. It was the first and only film ever made entirely in the ancient Lokono-Arawak language. First Nations Productions again collaborated with Poste Creativo on the Guamá project.

 “As Indigenous Peoples we need to tell our own stories,” said filmmaker Damon Corrie. “This is a story that needed to be told. We’ve started with this short, G-rated presentation, but our goal is to make a feature film on Kasike Guamá, as well as other Taíno chiefs.” 

The Guamá film project was financially supported, in part, by the United Confederation of Taíno People, and grassroots donations. The project was commended by the Cuban government, as well as one of the remaining Taíno communities in Kuba, the Ramirez-Rojas clan. Guamá will be available on the Eagle Clan Arawaks’ You Tube Channel on January 28, 2023.

UCTP Taíno News 01.27.2023


Native America Calling: Indigenous resistance to gentrification in Puerto Rico

 Today on Native America Calling, 1PM ET, Shawn Spruce speaks with Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taino), president of United Confederation of Taino People; Gualterio Alomar (Taino), president of the Organization for Culture of Hispanic Origins; and Tai Pelli (Taino), International relations and Human Rights Officer for the United Confederation of Taino People. https://www.indianz.com/News/2022/06/22/native-america-calling-indigenous-resistance-to-gentrification-in-puerto-rico/


Taíno Perform at Framingham Multicultural Festival

Members of the Kasibahagua Taíno Cultural Society at the Many Cultures, One Heart” Festival.  In photo from left to right are Tati Barahona (7), Krystal Barahona, Chali'naru Dones, and Diego Barahona (14).

Framingham, MA (UCTP Taíno News): On Saturday, June 18 from 10:00am to 3:00pm, a free, multicultural festival celebrating the artistic and ethnic diversity was held in the Centre Common Historic District of Framingham, Massachusetts. A cultural presentation by members of the Kasibahagua Taíno Cultural Society was among the featured programs. The event was entitled “Many Cultures, One Heart” and it was organized a part of a public art project designed to highlight the artistic and ethnic diversity of Framingham through a series of heart sculptures painted by local artists and placed around the Cultural District and the City of Framingham. 

"We are here to keep our culture alive one day at a time, with harmony, honor, and respect, " stated group leader Chali'naru Dones, who is member of the Guainía Taíno Tribe and a representative of the United Confederation of Taíno People.

All of the new public art statues were unveiled during the “Many Cultures, One Heart” Festival. This presented a perfect opportunity for the public to see each piece "up close and personal." There were dozens of arts & crafts booths and several free craft projects. In addition to the Kasibahagua Taíno Cultural Society, other presented included CJT Dream Dance, The Brothers Walk Band, MOHI Parivar, Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, Phoenix Orchestra, Tarciso Alves Band, Los Sugar Kings, and Heavey Quinn Academy of Irish Dance. The artists on this project represent the many communities that call Framingham home, and include Black, Indigenous, Asian, Brazilian, Latino, white, multiracial, Jewish, LGBTQ+, and disabled artists from all walks of life, ranging from teens to seniors.

UCTPTN 06.18.2022