|UCTP Liaison Angel Ortiz (at right) with Taíno community members, elder Julio Gonzalez and George Alcoba, the brother and nephew of the late elder UCTP representative, Hector Baracutey Gonzalez.|
Attending the Pow Wow for the 7th consecutive year, representing the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP), was Angel Lionheart Ortiz, a UCTP Liaison Officer for Connecticut. Ortiz has consistently participated in this Pow Wow’s grand entry bearing the flag of the Confederation. Ortiz, who is on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, dedicated his participation this year to the memory of Taíno elder Hector “Baracutey” Gonzalez and as a prayer offering for fellow UCTP Officer Tai Pelli who sustained injuries from a recent auto accident.
To further thank honor and thank service members, the Museum offered a complimentary meal of succotash or chowder and corn cakes or frybread to veterans/active duty military and a guest. The event was also free for veterans and museum members.