Pre-Columbian And Contemporary Taino Art Exhibit

"Our Profound Taino Roots"

May 1973 At The Kilmer Library, Livingston College

"Committee Pro Indianism Organization"

The very first event of an established Taino organization of the 1970s

Contemporary Jatibonicu' Taino Tribal Art and Crafts are viewed in this show case.

A Mix of Contemporary and Pre-Columbian Taino Indian Art. The Macana (Warclub) and small Taino ceremonial Duho (Chair) and Sacred stone image of Atabeira Grandmother Monn Sacred Mother of the Waters, fron Puerto Rico is viewed in the show case.

Images of Sacred Pre-Columbian Stone Cemis or totems and Yuke Ceremonial Stone Belts, Elbow Stones from Puerto Rico are viewed in this show case.

This Pre-Columbian And Contemporary Taino Art Exhibit, was a cultural presentation known by the name "Nuestros Profundos Races Tainos" (Our Profound Taino Roots) and did include a Taino educational lecture and slide show given by a then young 22 year old Taino Indian man named Pedro Guanikeyu Torres. This event was hosted by the Taino Tribal Council of Jatibonicu's Comite Pro Indigenismo (Committee Pro Indianism) a Taino cultural organization that existed from 1970 to 1993. This organization would later develop in 1993 into what is known today as the TITC, Taino Inter-Tribal Council Inc. a nonprofit educational organization of New Jersey.

This Pre-Columbian and Contemporary Taino Indian Art Exhibit, was estimated by the State University to be valued at well over 3 million dollars and was insured by Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. This exhibit was also supported by the students of Puerto Rican Studies Department at Livingston College, Rutgers University. The Taino Tribal Council of Jatibonicu and its Council of Taino Elders and Ms. Lucy Guanina Martinez, would like to give their humble thanks to the following people, who made this exhibit possible. The late Doctor Fred Olson, past Curator of the Smithsonian Museum of New York City, for the personal donation of his private Taino Pre-Columbian collection. We would also like to thank, Doctor Maria Josefa Canino, who was then the Chairperson of the Puerto Rican Studies Department at Livingston in the year 1973, and Ms. Vilma Perez, Secretary of the Puerto Rican Studies Department, for their effort and support in making this historic 1973 Taino Art Exhibit at Rutgers University a total success.

A TTCJ Public Notice: It seems that Some so-called know it alls have publicly made ridiculous statements, that the Taino people are some kind of a "New Taino Revivalist Movement" and that our ethnic culture started back in 1990s. We of the Taino Tribe of Jatibonicu' of Puerto Rico and its Jatibonicu' Tribal Band of New Jersey say;

"It's Nothing But Foolishness and Ignorance Regarding Our Past And Present Day Taino Ethnic Culture".

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