Alma de Mujer wanted to highlight a beautiful and symbolic event coming this weekend, hosted by the vibrant Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center dance troupe. We hope you can attend this special event!
Taino Areyto for Kalpulli Tlalteca, April 18, 2010, 1-2pmThe first "Puerto Rican" born on our beautiful island was a baby of a Taina mother and Spaniard father. On April 18, the Kalpulli Tlalteca of Mesoamerica will be travelling to Austin -- 14 hours -- to bring a gift of original corn harvest to the children of the Taino of Boriken. With the greatest honor and respect, we will offer an Areyto, a ceremonial dance, as a gift in return. We invite all who feel a calling, to bring their maracas and join us in this once in a lifetime event, which takes place at our Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St. Austin TX 78702. Here is the beautiful history behind it.
Around 7000 years ago, the native peoples of Mesoamerica bred the first corn they called "teozintli" from indigenous grass. Over time, corn made its pilgrimage into North America, to Florida, and from there to the Taino who called it "maisi" (maiz). The Spanish conquistadors brought the name maiz to Mexico, as corn is most commonly called today.
During this special event, the Kalpulli Tlalteca people of Mesoamerica complete a three year journey they have made to complete the circle -- and fulfill a prophesy -- in the return of the original maiz to the Taino people. With the greatest honor and respect, we the children of the Taino of Boriken will accept this gift and bring it home so that it can be planted on sacred land to "continue" the circle.