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A 16th century beaded cemí was found covered with indigenous shell beads.  While beaded handwork is attributed to Native Americans of North America, it's not commonly known that the Taino people also carried this artform in their culture.  The cemí includes a person in the Taino meditative posture with a movable bat mask.  Bats are attributed to the underworld and it's lord, Maquetaurie Guayaba.  This geometric design is inspired by the pattern found across this beaded cemí.


Un cemí del siglo XVI fue encontrado cubierto de pedazos de caracoles y diseños geométricos. Aunque el trabajo hecho a mano con cuentas es atribuido a los nativo americanos de América del norte, igualmente la comunidad Taino integraron este arte en su cultura. El cemí es de una persona con una máscara de murciélago en la postura meditativa de los Taino. Los murciélagos se atribuyen al inframundo y su dios, Maquetaurie Guayaba.  Este diseño geométrico está inspirado en el patrón encontrado en este cemí con cuentas.


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