Puerto Rican Center presents 1st Annual Taíno Earth Celebration & Picnic

1st Annual Taino Earth Celebration & Picnic

The Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center prides itself in being the only center in Texas and our four surrounding states associated with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. The non-profit organization began as a three-member dance company and has grown to a 20-member company that promotes cultural awareness through its annual production. Now with more than 12 programs the center continues to educate in traditional dance and performing arts.

Earth Day becomes more than taking care of the planet as the cultural center, in collaboration El Concilio Taíno Guatu-Ma-cu A Borikén, teach others the traditional Taíno way to be resourceful with their first annual Taíno Earth Celebration and Picnic. Scheduled activities include making toys with existing resources, planting and feeding wildlife with renewable resources, using natural paints to make crafts, storytelling and learning how to play the traditional Taíno ball game of batu. The celebration will end with a Taíno Areyto, a traditional ceremonial dance, which will be performed in normal clothes rather than the traditional garments so that all attendees can join in.

The celebration is free to the public and will be held from 11-4 p.m. on April 21 at Berry Spring Park located at 1801 C.R. 152, Georgetown, Texas. Everyone is welcomed to bring lawn chairs, food, drinks (no glass bottles) and to sit under the old Grandfather Pecan Trees.

The cultural center and El Concilio Taíno’s collaboration doesn’t stop with Earth Day, they will also be hosting UT Native American Student Assembly’s First Annual Eagle and Condor Symposium “Gathering of Nations” fundraiser for Peace and Dignity Journeys 2012. The symposium will have HUEHUETL as musical guests that will take attendees through an ancestral musical journey.

The fundraiser will be held from 8-10 p.m. on April 27 at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center located at 701 Tillery St.

Austin Vida Staff

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