THE NATION

The Taino Nation, whose name means “the people” or “the kin”, are but one of the groups of Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. Their traditional territories, however, spanned a uniquely expansive swath of islands, at points in time encompassing the Caribbean chain: earning the moniker as “the People of the island chain”.

Not to say that these islands were or remain our territories alone, we have historically shared relation, kinship, and stewardship with such Peoples as the Warao, Garifuna, Kalinago, Hįeri (ancestral to the two former), and the Indigenous descendants of the African diaspora.

Our people, more than just shaped by the sacred bodies of living landscapes of land and mountain among water, share relations and responsibilities which sustain us. These mutual responsibilities, at the heart of our autonomy and sovereignty, are sacred gifts we aim to protect from lapse and breach.

Despite having been believed to have ceased to exist as an extant People, we are committed to the protection and health of our peoples and our responsibilities, not limited to the revitalization of our currently sleeping language; promotion of our traditional cultural practices; the renewal of our social, economic, and political systems; and the reforestation and conservation of our world, the Caribbean.

We have a clear vision. Our culture is reflected in everything we do, every decision we make, and in our commitment to the wishes of our ancestors and the safeguarding of our innumerous descendants.

We have persevered, and safeguarded our culture thus far, despite best and continuing attempts against us. And we know no rest knowing we can always do more in safeguarding our relations and peoples as we move into the future.

We have a clear vision. We build, hoping to strengthen not only ourselves but our bonds, and all our relations, in mutual responsibility and respect.