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Cultural Awareness: HS Spanish & Music students at Caguana Ceremonial Site

Ms. Jennifer Justiniano
Ramey Aguadilla, Puerto Rico | February 26, 2019

Mr. M. Guzmán- guide with Spanish and Music students at Caguana Ceremonial Site, Utuado.
Mr. M. Guzmán- guide with Spanish and Music students at Caguana Ceremonial Site, Utuado. | Photo: Ms. Amy Cedeno

Discovered in the early XX century, and built by the Taino around 1270AD, Caguana Ceremonial Ball Courts Site is considered the most important Taino archeological site in the Caribbean. The site consists of twelve ceremonial plazas, called “bateyes”, where the Taino Indians gathered to conduct their “areitos” – dances and songs held to honor the greatness of their “cacique” or chief. These plazas are all defined by large rocks carved with different shapes that suggest the vast variety of religious and civil activities observed by the Taino culture.

HS Spanish and Music/Band students had the opportunity to visit Caguana Ceremonial Site at Utuado. Our students listened and learned about the Taino Culture from tour guide Mr. Michael Guzmán from Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Mr. Guzmán taught our students about the importance of the Taino Culture in Puerto Rico, the rituals/ceremonies/games held at Caguana, the petroglyphs, the Taino traditions, their flora and fauna, and their geographical surroundings.


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