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Toubara Inaru!!!

Kashikwaro Zuimaco Monica Ponton Arrington

Honoring our Women

Women's History Month

March 1-March 31


Is an annual declared month that highlights the contribution of women. Every Year we will chose women who have made a difference in working with Higuayagua Caribena Taino


Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women.


Every year March is designated Women's History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women's contributions to history, community, and family. We are celebrating the women of Higuayagua who have contributed to the understanding, continue support, and knowledge of the people who are Taino.


We honor the divine feminine in all creation and give praise to the original Matriarchs of this land, Indigenous women. We see you and value you!


Continue to embrace your Beauty; Boldness: and Bravery for your crown of armour and faith in the Creator is your protector... #WeAreWomen of the World that carries the torch of Life❣️


Dear Sister / Nitu…

It must feel at times as if you are oceans away from the rest of the world, from other sisters who might see you, know you, and care for you. But we are here. We too are mothers, daughters, sisters, women who see, and care and would love to know you. Who you are, what you think, feel, love.

I’d love to know about your world, your community, your dreams.

I am listening.”


Take care how you place your feet upon the Earth, step with care, for the faces of the future generations are looking up from the Earth waiting their turn for life.


Remember that I am just a woman who is living a very abundant life. Every step I take forward is on a path paved by strong Indian women before me.


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.
Nanu Pagan: "Decolonize, grow and heal. Introduce yourself to the Elements with love and compassion. Burn away your past. Plant the moon and New Realities. Pray into your water. Learn medicine songs and put the lyrics into practice!
Elsa Guerreo: 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
Monika Ponton Arrington (Zuimaco): I am not a idol worshipper, I acknowledge that the Creator Manifest in all natural living things, thus I pay reverence to all Nature as it is the source that maintains humanity ability to live.
Kiriaki Aletheia: 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.
Anakachi Garcia: “Tap into your inner alchemist and transmute those unfavorable feelings into some kind of magnificence”
Juliet Diaz: 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'
By: Monika Zuimaco Ponton Arrington Our History Is Our Strength Recognizing the dignity and accomplishments of women in our own families, tribes, communities and those from other backgrounds leads to higher self-esteem among girls and greater respect among boys and men. An opportunity to celebrate and reflect on women's achievements, as well as the problems they have faced in the struggle to be free and the important role they continue to play in society. Empowerment of women is a necessity for the very development of a society, since it enhances both the quality and the quantity of human resources available for development. Empowerment is one of the main procedural concerns when addressing human rights and development. We celebrate this year with women that were chosen who made a difference within Higuayagau Taino of the Caribbean.