TRADITIONAL JATIBONICU TAINO TRIBAL CULTURAL GAMES
The Makebari Mens Circle Game
We seek to revive the ancient Taino game known as Makebari. In the
game two men stand off and face each other in the center of a 9' circle.
Each opponent attempting to strike each other's calves in a slapping
motion with an open hand. Whoever succeeds in inflicting 9 strikes upon his
opponent's calf muscle is deemed the winner. If any of the opponents
are knocked out out side of the circle by their opponent they will
automaticly lose the Makebari game.
This game was last played among the Jatibonicu Taino tribal Warriors some
35 years ago. We had revived this ancient Taino circle game on the island of
Boriken (Puerto Rico) back in the late 1960s.
The Jatibonicu Taino Tribal Nation hopes to establish inter-tribal
competitions with official rules for interested participants. We would like
to invite our fellow Lokono and other Arawak brothers from South
America to take part in these Inter-Tribal Makebari games.
The Batey Ceremonial Ball Court Game
We are also seeking to revive the ancient Taino game known as Batey.
Two teams of 12 men and/or women assemble in the center of a rectangular
plaza or ball court. Each team has one goalie. The goalies try to stop the
ball from passing or hitting their stone backrest or goal.
Each team attempts to carry the ball from their side of the ball court to
the opposing team's goal.
The rubber ball used in Batey is called the Batu. The batu can not be
touched with the hands. It can only be struck or kicked with the foot and/or
bounced off of the thighs, legs and shoulders. The batu can also be bounced
off of the surrounding stone walls of the batey ball court. A stone
Ceremonial Stone Belt was also used in the game. The players would also
bounce the Batu off of the ceremonial stone belts that they wore around their
The minimum number of players permited in the game is 24. After that the
number of players must be in multiples of 12. As the Batey game was played
by Taino tribes of the Greater Antillies and was an important Inter-Tribal
social gathering event for all the families who would come to
take part in the annual games. Its should be noted that you had an East team
and a West team. The fathers and sons and cousins would play on the
The Guamajico Taino Children Circle Game
The game of Guamajico is better known by its Spanish name
of Gallito. It is stilled played by some of the Taino children in the
mountains. The children would squat around a 3' circle with their Guamajicos.
The Guamajico are made from the seeds of the Algarrobo and/or Guama trees.
The seeds are tied to a cord called a jico. The Guamajicos are placed within the center
of the playing circle and each of the children holds the cord attached to
their seeds. One of the children is picked by the group to start the game off
by remove his or her Guamajico seed from the circle. This child then swings
his or her seed down into the circle attempting to strike and break the other
player's seeds. If the child's seed breaks he or she is out of the game.
The next child does the same as they move in a clock wise direction, until
all the seeds are broken. The child that has the unbroken Guama seed is
deemed the winner of the game.
Drawings of the Taino
Indian Culture by Nelson Rafael Collazo-GrauHere you will find many drawings
of the past Taino indian ceremonial way of life and many other objects of the Taino indian
culture of Boriken. You will further find drawings of the past social life of the Taino Indian
People of Boriken. Just click on the name of any Taino object and view it.
Debujos De La Cultura De Los
Indios Tainos Por Nelson Rafael Collazo-Grau
Some Additional Taino Indian Cultural Information
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