Dak’Toká Taíno (I am Taíno): Alba Enid Garcia’s personal search for her Taíno roots and how it evolved into activism thru the film.
September 2017- Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico and destroyed homes, plantations and 3,000 people died. I was devastated because food and other necessities weren’t arriving in remote mountainous areas. I knew then that something was very wrong. I saw that must of the help we weren’t getting was due greatly because of our colonial status and old laws that keep Puerto Rico subdued to the United States. The film aims to reveal our Taíno culture but at the same time, it creates awareness of the colonialism structure we were put in. I am hoping to inspire our people, my Borikén brothers and sisters to come up with solutions and shape our own destiny and give the new generations the tools to keep moving Puerto Rico forward.
Dak’Toká Taíno, (I am Taíno) is a live-puppet short about the aftermath of hurricane María in Puerto Rico and how grandma Yaya helps her grand-daughter Marabelí understand their history, their Taíno indigenous culture and how to cope under the desperate situation they are in. In the film, grandma teaches Marabelí a Taíno prayer and it also teaches the little girl that we can prosper using old Taíno technology of protecting the earth and sustainability plus using new ways to plant for the future of our island Borikén (Puerto Rico). I draw from my experience of having two grandmothers or aracoeles, that were Taíno and in my childhood memories of learning from them in the mountains of Borikén.