Taino Macana Making Workshop 2010

On September 18, 2010, our cultural center Guarinana (Warriors) enjoyed a hands-on workshop that taught the history behind ancient Taino warfare, and how to make an authentic Taino Macana suitable for "wall-display". In order to defend their yukayekes (villages), our Taino ancestors employed an array of deadly weapons for hand-to-hand combat. Their weapon of choice was the Macana, a hardwood "sword" club. There were many special moments during the workshop, as Dads and Abuelos taught the next generation how to use woodworking tools. Warriors of all ages enjoyed this special time together! By the end of the afternoon, everyone left in great spirits, with a cut out of a macana of their own personal design. Over the next few weeks our warriors will be finishing their macanas, sanding and carving designs, as they wait for the arrival of Cacike Caciba Opil of El Concilio Taino Guatu-Ma-Cu A Boriken who will be flying to Austin to teach them how to spar during our 3rd Annual Taino Camping Trip! We'd like to thank El Concilio Taino Pueblo de NY for all their instruction and advice that made this wonderful workshop possible!

Macana Making Workshop!

"From the roots of this noble tree,
the next generation grows!" -- Tekina-eirú

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For more information:
Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
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