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From New York to Cuba looking for the Taíno heritage
In the foreground, Holguin researcher Cosme Casal, and in the background José Barreiro. Photo: Emimundo
The mixture of races assumed in the process of formation of the Cuban is African and Spanish, but also Taína, said in Mayarí José Barreiro, researcher of the Museum of the American Indians of New York.

He is also the editor of Native Americas magazine and the Akwe: kon publishing house, of Cornell University, Ithaca, in New York, spoke on the Indian defense assumed by the ethnologist José Juan Arrom and ratified that among the reasons for his trips to Cuba is to fulfill the commitment to find the aboriginal roots that live to this day.

Barreiro asserts that the author of "Where the palms grow," once told him that when mentioning Cuba is speaking Taíno, because the legacy of that word comes precisely from that culture and as the Mayans worshiped corn, they worshiped the yucca, the first basis of their diet.

The writer also says that the effort of the universal Holguin was focused, among other efforts, in re-retraining the mythical primordial of our Caribbean lands.

The works with cosmic deities, the association of the frog with the rain, the sobadores of the neighborhoods, the farmers who bury stones to increase the fertility of their conucos, the cord dance and the word Guajiro itself, are reminiscent of the Taíno heritage.

The Indian lives among us, with us and within us, said the speaker at the close of his presentation.

Formed in the North American indigenous world and turned into a defender of his rights, José Barreiro was one of the Cuban children victims of the Peter Pan operation, carried out in 1960.

Over the years and getting to know the interiors of the American Indian in the areas of Minnesota, United States, he joined José Juan Arrom, becoming a faithful admirer and follower of his work.


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