Some critics of the Taino movement deny our biological heritage. Others refuse to believe today’s Caribbean Ancestry.
After the now-famous DNA tests concluded, some critics refuse to provide conclusive evidence. Others continue to defend that position.
Taino bloodline. There is an unworthy contribution. It is unacceptable that we have not been Tainos for over two hundred years. Some argue that it reminds us of our ancestors. The enslaved Native Americans. The North American Indian tribes, who craved freedom at the hands of oppressors.
At the time of the first contact, millions of our ancestors had their numbers accounted for. The devastation of the European invasion was common to all Indian nations. Nothing new.
At the time, the Cherokee had an estimated 20,000 people. The numbers transformed for the same conditions. It is interesting that many of these small nations have escaped extinction, but not all.
Fewer than 1,000 Cherokees escaped expulsion. They remained in their ancestral lands. Most of them left their country and moved to faraway Oklahoma. The tear-stained trail was not like other parts of the United States.
The descendants are the Eastern Cherokee. They now have 13,077 enrolled members, according to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
These people are Indians. Not full-blooded like the Spaniards. They were able to create names and categories for their species. They were able to create different mixtures to form the names for each category. Mestizo, Pardo, Mulato, Trigueno, Jabao, Zambo etc.
How could the Eastern Cherokee grow from a small group of 1,000 to 13,000 people in 200 years? I ponder about it. Thus, whether we have the same problem as 4,000 years ago, when we behaved like thoroughbreds. They did what they needed and succeeded.
So how can we explain the disappearance of the Taino and why is there talk of war and insurrections like in the US?
We look at census data from the 1800 census and the numbers for the Pardo category also show a sharp increase. We divide Indians into different categories. Excluding the “Indians” category and translating the other categories like “Pardo” into “color.”
Many in the US think that the term “color” is black. The census form contains a different list of “free blacks”. There is also a list for enslaved blacks and enslaved mulattoes. The terms “pardo” (brown) wedged here because they are not considered “white” or “black”. This is according to Spanish standards.
They assume that the Taino bloodlines are thin and weak. They insist that they are extinct, denying the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. They claim that these men lived 500 years ago. This is to imply that their ancestors were too old to survive as long as they did, or even as far back as the 19th century.
This conclusion is a mistake. These people should have been 2,000 to 4,500 thoroughbreds. According to a recent study, there are two to three times as many Taino bloodlines in the US as there are in Mexico.
Most have a strong Indian component by definition. There is a strong isolation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Puerto Rico had only 60 km of asphalt roads. Many communities were not accessible on horseback or by foot. The people in these communities lacked the basics. Access to water, food, health care, education, and other essential goods were inconsistent.
Some of the surrounding villages had officials behave like their own churches. The local government acted as a kind of religious police.
This is why Puerto Ricans baptize their children twice. Once in church and then again in their home village.
The point is that the blood quantities remain the same. Even in communities where we have mixed thoroughbreds with half-breeds. Isolated villages, have strong traits that reflect most, of their Indian origins.
This is true for a large part of our population. That is why so many still fit the description given by Colon himself, the Mongolian spot. The doctors are not telling you that your baby will be dark. They are telling us that this is a trait common to Asians and Native Americans. A stain means that it looks like a stain on the baby. That means that it should be a feature of the skin, not a feature of a particular race or ethnicity.
Our Taino bloodlines are not weak. Many of us have gone back two generations to connect with this lifestyle.
If you take an eye test, you cannot test your eyes, but you know from your blood that it is there and it is in you. Look at your relatives and you can see. There are plenty of Tainos still around with similar features as yours.
I don’t have to claim someone from 500 years ago. I can claim my grandfather and both grandmothers.