Each one Heal one

Higuayagua: Taíno of the Caribbean.

Seal for the Higuyayagua Inc, 501c3

Is a non-for-profit 501c3  organization that serves the broader Taino community by providing educational, cultural, and linguistic resources to all those seeking to connect with their Indigenous Caribbean ancestry. Through the 501c3, its dedicated staff and directors, we have provided aid for Native people, collected food and clothing for victims of Hurricane Maria and the Puerto Rican earthquakes. We have performed dances, storytelling, lectures, and workshops with all proceeds going back into the community in the form of High School and College Scholarships!



The Taino Indigenous community is relentless in retelling Caribbean history through a native perspective in order to dispell the myth of total Taino extinction.  Assimilation is not extermination. Our people embrace the fact that we are tripartite, but this does not negate indigenous ancestry or identity.  Historically our Indigeneity has been denied. The extinction narrative took its toll. But sciences, such as DNA, has helped us answer the question;  do modern Caribbean peoples have Taino/Indigenous ancestry? The answer is a resounding YES.  Today, we are writing ourselves back into history while simultaneously recording and preserving continuing traditions that persist in rural areas and have greatly suffered due to the stigma associated with anything Indigenous or Campesino (rural), q  Our African and Spanish ancestors are not being negated, quite the contrary.

Our  Indigenous identity and culture, which is geographically based have been neglected far too long, thus our determination is unbending.





Cacike Jorge Baracutei Estevez
Hiwayawa Taino luku Cairi tribal flag