Taino Awards Honors Culture Preserving Leaders

Performers showcased the Tainos’ unique culture and traditions through music and dance.
Photo by Edward Watkins

In keeping with an 11-year tradition, the Bronx’s urban tradition, the Taino Awards proudly announced its 2019 winners and honorees on Sunday, April 21 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Musicians performed Taino songs using traditional indigenous instruments.
Photo by Edward Watkins

This year’s honorees included Areito Award for Artisan of the Year recipient Daniel Del Valle, Guaitiao/Community recipient Valerie Reynoso, Dujo/Storyteller of the Year recipient Christina Gonzalez,

Jerry Roman proudly accepted his award from event organizer Candy Soto.
Photo by Edward Watkins

Guaribo of the Year recipient Dylcia Pagan, Honorary Little Guaribo/Warrior recipient Mia Simpson, Anakakuya award for Leadership recipient Sonia Vera, Areito Award for S.T.E.M. recipient Alejandro Casper Crespo, Guaitiao/Spirituality Award recipient Clan Mother Weiana Perez, Tabanuko/Herbalist of the Year recipient Caridad Rivera, Areito Award for Writer of the Year recipient Paul Rodriguez, Areito Award for Film recipient Fantasiation Studio Alba Rivas Garcia, Areito award for Artist of the Year recipient Michael Casiano, Areito Award for Muralist of the Year recipient Ralph Serrano, Koa Award for Educator of the Year recipient Naguake Boriken, Areito Award for Dance/Music recipient Joe Quijano, Tabaku/Language Recovery recipient Jerry Roman, Areito Award for Music recipient Jua Guatibiri Escudero and Educator of the Year Award recipient Naguake Indigenous Community Director of the Survival School program in Puerto Rico Dr. Yarey Melendez which was accepted by Martha Rosas and Carmen Shiquainaru Liquet on Dr. Melendez’s behalf.

Many Taino artifacts were on display during the prestigious awards gala.
Photo by Edward Watkins

The Ciba-Bo-Dgon Taino Awards.
Photo by Edward Watkins

(back, l-r) Mario Rodriguez, Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor, Livia Nieves, Ryan Cabrera, (front, l-r) Elena Mamarazzi Marrero, Shihan Candy Warixi Soto, Franki Cabrera and Jackie Cabrera.
Photo by Edward Watkins

(back, l-r) Daniel Del Valle, Paul Rodriguez, Jua Guatibiri Escudero, Jose Quijano, Alejandro Casper, Jerry Roman, Christina Gonzalez, (front, l-r) Livia Nieves, Candy Soto, Caridad Acevedo Rivera, Diana Weismann Perez and Sonia Veria.
Photo by Edward Watkins

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