Higuayagua: Taíno of the Caribbean.

Higuayagua is a not-for-profit Cultural Organization dedicated to the research and rescue of all Taino cultural, linguistic and spiritual traditions that have continued in the Caribbean. Our mission is to preserve and disseminate information and cultural knowledge to instill pride in Caribbean people of their Indigenous ancestry.

We are relentless in retelling Caribbean history through a native perspective in order to dispell the myth of total Taino extinction. Assimilation is not extermination. Our people understand that we are tripartite. However our Indigenous ancestry has been  downplayed, historically . The extinction narrative took its toll. But science, such as DNA, has helped us answer the question;  do modern Caribbean peoples have Taino/Indigenous ancestry? The answer is a resounding YES.  Today, we are writing ourselves back into history while simultaneously recording and preserving continuing traditions that persist in rural areas and have greatly suffered due to the stigma asscoiated with anything Indigenous or Campesino (rural), q  Our African and Spanish ancestors are not being negated, quite the contrary.

Our  Indigenous identity and culture, which is geographically based  has shamelessly been neglected, thus our determination is unbending. 

 

 

Cacike Jorge Baracutei Estevez