The Taino Indians and the Jose Maria Cave

Taino symbol of a gongoli

Taino symbol of a gongoli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although Indiana University’s Underwater Science Program is a long ways from the Caribbean and the Taino homelands, the members of this program have amassed impressive photographs of Taino artifacts and cave drawings.

Be sure to sift carefully through all the information they offer, which is mixed in with other area studies; because although they have done a beautiful job collecting artifacts, the Study of the Taino is not their main focus. However, just when you think you have seen all there is, you may likely discover some wonderful photographs under some other heading. Another warning, the photographs are disappointingly small; however, I was able to enlarge them somewhat easily with my browser to an acceptable viewing size.

I have copied these few lines of text below, and two images as a sample of this site has to offer.

The Taino Indians and the Jose Maria Cave

Taino Indians

Dominican Republic, 1500 AD

Image  “Depicted among these pictographs is the mythology and history of the Taino people. They worshipped the bat and the owl, which were believed to carry spirits away to the afterlife, and Atabey, the goddess of fresh water and mother of the yucca plant.”

“Reading from left to right, the tribute depicts a rectangular grater that is used on the yucca (guayo) root imaged by an s-shaped object. 
The grid barbeque, just to the right of the root, cooked the casaba bread imaged above. A cacique, or chief, is represented between 
the barbeque and a tall guayiga plant that was also part of the tribute. Finally, a long boat which shipped the casaba bread and
 guayiga to the Spanish camps is depicted.”



Taino Council in Puerto Rico

El Concilio Taíno Guatu-Ma-Cu A Borikén

Written in both Spanish and English, this wonderful site is a treasure throve of information, photographs and music. It is definitely worth a visit.  In their own words:

“El Concilio Taino is bringing cultural awareness and increasing public knowledge for those who have an interest in Taino culture throughout the island of Puerto Rico and abroad through education, including the revelation of the true Taino history, and the sharing of our customs, language, areytos (ceremonial dance), music and song, and craftwork.”



(If the link fails to take you to the Taino site, copy the link and paste it into a new window.)

Prurient Interests and the American Voter

Am I the only voter out here who thinks right-wing conservatives have gone over the edge?

English: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh thinks women who use birth control are sluts.

For the last two days on his radio show he’s been attacking a Georgetown University student, Sandra Fluke. Ms. Fluke was originally supposed to testify before a House Committee on birth control but the Republican Chairman of the Committee, Darrell Issa (R-CA) refused to let her.

Leader Pelosi organized a special hearing for her last week, so that she could tell her story. Her testimony was brave and personal–she spoke of a friend who needed birth control for medical reasons but could not get it through their Catholic university. Her friend lost her ovary as a result.1

Rush Limbaugh responded to that testimony by aggressively and viciously calling her a slut (among other horrible names) on his nationally syndicated radio show. And yesterday he doubled down–saying that Ms. Fluke and her college friends should have to post videos of themselves having sex if insurance companies have to cover birth control. (You can read his full comments below.)2

So, today we’re joining with allies at RH Reality Check to call on a Rush advertiser–ProFlowers–to cut ties with the show. ProFlowers is a company that caters mostly to women, and they’re already feeling the heat on this (see below). Can you help turn up the pressure and tell ProFlowers that hateful invective attacking women is unacceptable and they must cut ties with Rush Limbaugh immediately? No show should be rewarded with advertising dollars for attacking women. Click here to sign the petition:

Last night, ProFlowers responded to the growing controversy about their relationship with Rush with a statement saying they would “talk to” Rush Limbaugh’s producers about the feedback they’ve received.3

That’s clearly not enough–calling young women sluts and demanding they post sex tapes because they spoke out on an important women’s health issue is outrageous, offensive and hateful.

One Rush advertiser, Sleep Train Mattresses, has already dropped the show over his comments.4

Ms. Fluke has handled all the hateful rhetoric with tremendous grace, telling reporters that, “This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.”5

But we need to band together and fight back this right-wing all out war on women. Rush isn’t just talking about Georgetown students. He’s talking about all of us.

On his show, Rush also offered to buy Ms. Fluke and all of her friends aspirin to put between their knees, a remark intended to mean they should keep their legs shut. And here are his exact comments from the last few days.6

“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.”

“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

ProFlowers is feeling the pressure and if enough of us speak out we can push them over the edge.  No show should be rewarded with advertising dollars for attacking women.

Our call is growing–but we need your voice with us. Please sign today.

Thanks for speaking out,

–Nita and Shaunna, UltraViolet”


1. Limbaugh On Student Who Testified On Contraception: ‘Slut,’ Talking Points Memo, March 1, 2012

2. Rush Limbaugh Doubles Down On Sandra Fluke, Offering ‘As Much Aspirin to Put Between Her Knees As She Wants,’ ABC News, March 1, 2012

3. Actly Petition: ProFlowers Stop Advertising with Rush

4. Sleep Train Mattresses Twitter Account

5. “Sandra Fluke Responds to Limbaugh,” ThinkProgress, March 1, 2012

6. Rush Limbaugh Doubles Down On Sandra Fluke, Offering ‘As Much Aspirin to Put Between Her Knees As She Wants,’ ABC News, March 1, 2012