I give thanks to my Ancestors, who’s spirit of survival are the reason for my existence. I give thanks for the teachings, the guidance and the blessings of All my Relations, from the furthest to the nearest. I give thanks to the Spirits that guide me, those that surround me and those of the lands in which these words are written and read.
I’m a Taino woman, a descendant of the Original People of Abya Yala (the Americas), particularly the folk who lived on the Caribbean Islands. My ancestry goes back to the island of Boriken, known today as Puerto Rico. I have many names, both legal and honorific, but most call me Nanu.
Growing up, we had a foot in each world, the western colonized ways of Puerto Rico and my “family’s” ways. This is not unheard of in the age of the Urban Ndn, it only means things are one way at home and totally different in other places. And while life has had it’s difficulties, I consider it a privilege to have been given the opportunity to grow up understanding a variety of perspectives. It’s given me a path to follow and for that, I am deeply grateful.
I strive to be the best version of myself possible, and at times I fail. I am on a path of Being and Creating, of discovery and sharing, of seeking possibilities and asking lot of questions. My conclusions are my own and I encourage others to think for themselves, even if we disagree. I’m ok with contrast and enjoy comparing notes, but I don’t suffer fools easily. And compassion and patience are not always at my disposal, especially for those who waste time.
In the end, I don’t have all the answers, not even for myself. I am in constant process, but the topics are on the table and we can allow for possibilities. We can’t create answers without asking questions, without being willing to compare and consider alternative perspectives. I offer some ideas, and the arguments to support it. Thoughtful debate is welcome, keeping in mind that rudeness is not an intelligent rebuttal and that unity doesn’t mean lack of diversity. Disagreement is not disrespect.
My personal interests vary greatly, from the fantastic to the deep. I read quite a bit, watch a lot of documentaries and listen to audiobooks. Youtube is another favorite.
I have an active spiritual life and am of service to my Taino community, Higuayagua. love indulging the Spirit of Creativity, and having grown up in the island’s version of the powwow trail, I’ve had the opportunity to experience different crafts under the guidance of Maestro Artesanos, the Master Craftsmen, back home.
Having turned 49 recently, I’ve begun a new bodily cycle and something in me has changed. Having experienced huge losses last couple of years, new family additions and even a complete change of state, adjustment has been a little bumpy, but exploring the offerings of my new surroundings has been interesting.
To any inconvenienced by my absence and lack of follow up on the promise of a monthly post, my sincerest apologies. These go as well to those whom I have not replied to during this time; please be aware I took an electronic leave and pretty much disconnected from the internet in general.
Life is experiential. Most of it happens real-time and off-line. Sometimes that part of our experience demands our full attention. At other times, it offers nurturing and growth. I’ve been privileged to have experienced a rainbow of teachings during this time.
I’m eternally learning. 🙂
Hope we can share in that.
(c) A.Nanu Pagan, Sept 2017, March 2018, May 2019