4th Indigenous Peoples Day of Remembrance Commemorated
Monday, 10 October 2011
Mexica dancers present their ceremonial "danza" at the 4th Annual Indigenous Day of Remembrance.

New York, NY (UCTP Taíno News) – The 4th Annual “Indigenous Day of Remembrance” was held at Merchant’s Gate across from Columbus Circle in New York City on Sunday, October 9th, 2011. The event was organized by a small group of area activists led by Luis “Iukibuel” Ramos (Taíno). Participants of the well-attended event included local and visiting indigenous peoples, supporters, and an interested public.

The event opened with a call to the four directions led by Miguel “Sobaoko Koromo” Sague (Taino) of the Caney Spiritual Circle. Several participants assisted Sague in the opening invocations by accompanying him during the sounding of the “guamo” or conch shell horns.

Throughout the rest of the day various speakers presented educational and thought-provoking testimony on the legacy of Columbus and its disastrous effects on Indigenous Peoples and the environment even today.

Luis "Iukibuel" Ramos addresses the gathering.

Some of the speakers included Rodney Guatu'shina Rivera (Taíno) of Kasibahagua Taino Cultural Society, Chief Winter Flower of the Northeastern Native American Association, Roman Guaraguarix Perez (Taíno) of Iukaieke Maisiti, Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taíno) of the United Confederation of Taíno People, and Moi Enomenga, an indigenous Huaorani activist and environmentalist from the Ecuadorian Rainforest.

A number of cultural presentations were also shared including songs by Irka Mateo (Taino), Coatlicue Theatre Company, a Taíno music instrumental by members of Kasibahagua, a Capoeira troupe, African drums, and a ceremonial “danza” by members of the indigenous Mexica community. Much of the day was filmed by Alex Zacarias, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker working on a documentary entitled "The Lost Taino Tribe". 
Adding to the positive energy, local solidarity, and educational opportunity was the arrival of an inter-tribal contingent of indigenous peoples and supporters who marched up from the Occupy Wall Street gathering. The group traveled up with a drum and shared a song and information about the ongoing protest in Lower Manhattan.

UCTPTN 10.10.2011
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