Welcome To Greater Borinken

This is the webpage for the Embassy of Taino relations for the English-speaking Antillean islands. It is maintained by the Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope as official affiliate member of the Borinken State.

Taíno Indians, a subgroup of the Arawakan Indians (American Indians in northeastern South America), inhabited the Greater Antilles (comprising Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola [Haiti and the Dominican Republic], and Puerto Rico) in the Caribbean Sea at the time when Christopher Columbus' arrived to the New World.  The Taíno culture impressed both the Spanish (who observed it) as well as modern sociologists. Taíno culture was the most highly developed in the Caribbean when Columbus reached Hispaniola in 1492. The Taíno had an extraordinary repertoire of expressive forms in sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, weaving, dance, music, and poetry.  Many Taino words persist in the Puerto Rican vocabulary of today, such as huracan (hurricane), barbque, canoe, and hamaca (hammock). Their legacy includes customs related to ancient traditions of weaving, hunting and fishing, song and dance, and in a cuisine based on yuca, beans, and barbecued meats and fish. Our sovereign state addresses the historical origin, cultural, religious myths and spiritual beliefs with intention to keep the culture alive and well.

Taíno (good people), were seafaring indigenous peoples of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and the northern Lesser Antilles. They were one of the Arawak peoples of South America, and the Taíno language was a member of the Arawakan language family of northern South America.

At the time of Columbus' arrival in 1492, there were five Taíno chiefdoms and territories on Hispaniola (modern-day Dominican Republic and Haiti), each led by a principal Cacique (chieftain), to whom tribute was paid. Ayiti ("land of high mountains") was the indigenous Taíno name for the entire island of Hispaniola, which has kept its name as it is used as the Haitian Creole form for Haiti. The Taíno nearly became extinct as a culture following settlement by Spanish colonists, primarily due to infectious diseases to which they had no immunity. Today their ancestors survive in the Caribbean...

Fewest in the healing traditions know about the indigenous medicine(s) of the West Indies. We offer online courses for the curious as well as practitioners.

The practice of Indigenous Medicines is protected by the UN's Declaration of Indigenous Rights. We provide a pathway for tribal citizenship for those so moved to help others with skills and inherent talents.

We offer books in West Indian History and Healing Traditions. Locally, we call it 'bush medicine,' which is a combination African traditional medicine, Taino medicine, and missionary medicine that developed during the Age of Exploration, conquistadors, sugar plantations; and the age of piracy, spices, and calypso.

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