Emmy Award Winning Producer Alex Zacarias (TAINO) was born on the island of Vieques (Bieke), Puerto Rico (Boriken). He resides in Green Bay, WI as an independent filmmaker and his company 3N Productions, LLC provides the services to tell your story. Also he works as a Professional Practicing Teaching Artist at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay where he teaches video production to youth mentoring and inspiring youth to find their voice and be the storytellers of tomorrow.
“TAINO DAKA (I AM)” documentary explores Taino history, culture and the indigenous identity throughout the Caribbean and the Diaspora, who are considered to be extinct for over 500 years since their encounter with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World. Today, Tainos are on a quest to claim back their identity and rewrite their history.
A photograph I captured as part of my documentary project TAINO DAKA (I AM) is part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum in New York. The Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center has a symposium to celebrate the exhibition Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean. Experts representing Indigenous studies, genetic science, anthropology, linguistics, and other academic disciplines explored exhibition themes in dialogue with Taíno/Indigenous Caribbean community leaders and cultural workers. The symposium explores the history of the Taíno movement, particularly through the experiences and perspectives of its participants. It seeks to support the exchange of knowledge produced within academic fields among subject experts, the diverse Taíno community, and other Caribbean people of Native descent, with a special emphasis on advancing the voices of women scholars and participants in this contemporary Native heritage
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