Taino Chiefs(Caciques)




Taino Chiefs:


The chiefs were the leaders of the villages (yucayeques). From left to right: A chief with a stone collar, which showed a taíno art form believed to have a religious significance. While we are not sure of its exact meaning, we believe that it represented a God or spirit. A chief seated on a stone stool, a ceremonial seat used principally by the Chief or other important person in the village. A chief with a "cemí," the physical representation of a spirit or God, summoned through the cemí.


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