|Taíno rock sculpture of Cacique Mabodamaca. Picture taken during our visit during the summer.|
|La Cara del Indio. Rock sculpture of the Chieftain Mabodamaca.
This picture was taken years ago when it was first sculpted. Between 2001 or 2002.
- Taíno: native indigenous inhabitants descendants of the Arawaks
- Cemí: three pointed stone that was the physical representation of Taíno deities (gods)
- Borikén: Taíno name of Puerto Rico
- Coquí: Small tree frog native to Puerto Rico
- The nitaínos were the noble class, and this is where the chiefs or caciques came from. The cacique wore a guanín (a gold medal around his neck) as a symbol of his status.
- The bohíques were the priest, wise men, and doctors.
- The naborias were the lower class. They were the farmers, and fishermen.
In our upcoming installments of “Discovering Our Taíno Ancestry” we will learn about the cemí, the coquí the unofficial mascot of Puerto Rico, do-it-yourself petroglyphs, and more!
This post was part of the 2013 Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs.