EDU Sat Mar 30 Sat, 30 Mar Fri, 29 Mar The Spanish Conquest Deep Look:
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Only now do I understand how the face of Helen of Troy could launch a thousand ships. The Da Vinci-like smile of a young waitress in a place barely large enough to call a town sent me on a mind-boggling journey in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
For readers unfamiliar with El Yunque, it the only tropical rain forest in the American park system. At night, the coqui tree frogs sing Puerto Rico lullabies and ancient petroglyphs dot the south side of its 29, acres. Or, maybe my meeting with a Six Nations woman just before this trip that had sparked a deeper desire to connect with indigenous peoples, particularly the women whose families continued to struggle from the scourge of land expulsion and the loss of so many inalienable rights.
Her face was heaven sent. We enjoyed great food and a cold frosty in the patio area with a view to a big white Buddha head nestled in the middle of modern white furniture.
It was surrounded by rich greenery and trailing purple florals that were more delicate but similar in shape to wisteria but much looser like blue- bell flowers. Genesis had served us and I asked if I could take her picture after we paid the bill.
We exchanged stories and I learned she was a singer and actress. I wanted to meet Lind and see his interpretation of Yuiza. Finding it proved to be more difficult than we thought, but inside was a treasure chest of amazing sculptures and paintings.
I learned the legend of Yuiza stemmed from her role as a Cacique Chief of the Tainos. When Columbus and the conquering Spanish invaded the Caribbean aroundthey enslaved the Tainos. Sadly, their population quickly dwindled from disease, maltreatment and unsuccessful rebellion attempts, and tens of thousands of indigenous natives were wiped out less than forty years later.
Yuiza also known as Loiza tried to protect her people as Chief of the Jaymano area, the largest Puerto Rican area along the Caryban River.
When Yuiza married Pedros Mejias, a mulatto Spanish conquistador, some of her people thought she was a traitor and killed her. It was unusual for a village to have a female Chief, so you can imagine that she must have been a great leader.
As indigenous people of the Caribbean and some southern parts of Florida, Tainos are not Latinos or Hispanics; they are indigenous natives that are neither European nor Spanish. The Spanish language is obviously prevalent in Puerto Rico, but many Taino words persist and have influenced many names for types of food, plants, animals and other things.
In fact, there is a growing movement to embrace the lost Taino language, identity and history. Spanish speaking people in Puerto Rico and across America want to know more about the oppression and conditions that obliterated Tainos.
They are banding together to embrace their heritage even though school programs and classroom studies have yet to catch up. Thanks to the internet and social media links, there are sources of information and videos sharing the history and legends of Tainos.
Maybe something from the spirit world of the Tainos helped me to meet the beautiful young woman named for the beginning of time. Whether we hear or are even attune to her voice, we are facing social justice questions about our respect for each other.
The stakes increase as our natural world struggles to maintain its healing foothold against the challenges of urbanization and increasing environmental threats.(2 marks) ANSWER Tainos (Arawaks) and Kalinagos Caribs (b) Give two examples of the way of life before of any one of the groups named at (a) above (6 marks) ANSWER (Group Tainos) The cacique was the head of the Tainos society.
The Tainos were Indigenous Natives or American Indians, who were divided into three classes: working (naborias), the sub-chiefs or noblemen (natianos) that included priests and medicine men, and the village chiefs (caciques).
Taino religion The Taino - Social Classes Taino Art The Tainos were polytheistic and the gods in their religion were known as zemis. Like the Greek gods, zemis would control certain parts of the universe. The two major Taino zemis were Yúcahu, and also Atabey.
Yúcahu was the god of cassava, and the god of the sea. TAINO HUTS Tainos lived in Bohios (huts).The Cacike (Chief) lived in a regtangular shaped one called Caney (Long house) this shape was adopted after the conquest. Bohios - Huts built by indigenous people of circular or rectangular shape.
Bohios were made of tree trunks, wooden posts, and palm leaves. The floors were dirt. Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos is a must visit destination during your cruise itinerary. This is a port of call when you really should get off the ship to take in the stunning beaches.
LIFESTYLE OF THE ARAWAK/TAINO. The Arawak/Taino society was basically a very gentle culture. It was characterized by happiness, friendliness and a highly organized hierarchical, paternal society, and a lack of guile. Each society was a small kingdom and the leader was called a cacique.