Valerie Tureiyari Vargas-Estevez:
As indigenous women It is our responsibility, to be strong role models for our daughters and teach our sons of the sacredness of women as bearers of life and to treat them as equals with respect.
Born and Alive in Quisqueya
Artisan and protector of Mother Earth, defender of the rivers, trees and mountains of my island and the world. Proud of my indigenous roots
We were all seeds in our mothers’ womb while she grew in our grandmothers’ womb.
To heal our ancestral trauma, we must heal our relation to our bodies and our wombs. To do so we must heal our relation to our seeds. To heal our seeds, we must heal our relationship to the water and the land with our hands, words, protection, and deeds.
Maritza Feliciano Potter:
I was one of the forgotten ones. My ancestors chose assimilation to survive. But they always whispered to me. Family stories and "eccentricities" made me dig deeper. I found them in census reports and baptismal records. I nagged my elders until they told me why "We don't speak about those old things". And now I choose to reclaim them so I can birth renewal into my children. And through my children, they will teach the generations to come.
“Tap into your inner alchemist and transmute those unfavorable feelings into some kind of magnificence”
Our ancestors live within our bones, our spirit, and our breath. It’s our responsibility as an indigenous woman to keep them alive.. keep their medicine, wisdom, and fire alive.
Darlene Flores - quote: We Taino women , we must be strong and graceful.
While holding our children’s hands and our grandparents hands.
As a child whose parents came from the Caribbean, I sometimes felt divided between the practices with which I was nurtured at home and the practices emphasized at school, the language I spoke at home and the language spoken at school.
Being part of Higuayagua provides me with opportunities to surface and sustain our Taíno heritage and language in a supportive environment and in collaboration with my fellow nitus and natiaos. It’s an honor to be asked to represent Higuayagua during Women’s History month. There is so much to learn and reconnect with!
— with Rosas Iris Mar.
Desiree Nicole Vargas quote: Our ancestors were extraordinarily creative weavers, healers, artists, navigators of the water and cultivators of the land. We too can carry on their legacy as we weave our way into history, plant our seeds of healing and resilience, and navigate our way through life as 21st century Taino.
When I pray, I ask for guidance and protection as we embrace our ancestral memories, stories, language and culture in order to preserve it for generations to come. Our next generations will have a language, access to cultural knowledge, and ceremonies to turn to. Those ways were never lost, but taken. We are more than our traumas, we are our healing and adaption. We will come out stronger than ever before. Blessings to our ancestral lands & water and to all our people for generations to come. Anhan Katu!
By: Berlinda Peresaud,
One of the quotes that is inspiration to me is;
'To remember who you are, you need to forget what society has tried to teach you to be, Culture matters, Be proud - Taino Daka Wapichan'