Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tainos and DNA Studies: Ayes' Art Blog

One "blogger" (I cannot get accustomed to this new terminology, this word sounds offensive somehow), John Ayes, a Florida-based artist with a blog available at

is featuring a number of articles and links on the study of DNA to show Taino biological survival in Puerto Rico. Some of you may be interested in chatting with him and providing any further information that you might think could be useful.

Best wishes to John Ayes.

[In the meantime, someone should explain to me what Bluetooth is--it sounds like a disease--as well as what getting Yahoo messenger on your FiDo is supposed to mean.]


Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon:

I just wanted to update you on the final outcome with Family Tree DNA.

For over a month I have been dialoguing with one of their representatives to give verification to those who had tested their mtDNA with FTDNA and had received final results within the Taino haplogroups of A, C, and D and had a verbal history of Taino ancestry within their family.

At first there was resistence.
Then there came a request for papers that had been derived from the various mtDNA studies and research that were conducted on ancient Taino assemblages found in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In reading the papers and looking at the ancient sequences and locai I discovered that there were matches to my own mtDNA contained therein with the Cuban and Dominican ancient sequences.. I pointed this out to my contact at Family Tree DNA. Of course, no comment, positive or negative was made immediately.

Finally after a week had progressed I wrote a follow up E mail to my contact at FTDNA to find out the results of my quest.

I was informed that FTDNA would indeed allow people who had already tested their mtDNA to change the status of their kits to reflect their Taino ancestry as well as those who directly matched my HVR1 and HVR2 results. I wrote back for clarification and requested that Cubans, Domincan Republic as well as Puerto Rican descendants of ancient Taino also be included in the new status change. The contact wrote back confirming that the former would also be included as well!
They had attached a "catch 22" though. Those who were submitting their mtDNA to be tested have to state their Taino ancestry on written form that is supplied with the kit for authorization to share one's results with other participants within the FTDNA database who are seeking genealogical links to their family tree via mtDNA testing. Those who have already tested their mtDNA with FTDNA who wish their kits to reflect Taino ancestry must write FTDNA an E mail or call to request that their kits be changed.
This I feel is important to share with the general public who are considering having their mtDNA tested especially if they are looking to discover if they are indeed a descendant of Taino.
I consider this a great victory for our people, I hope it will be appreciated and taken advantage of in the future by all.
I have written an article on my blog showing the polymorphisms of that were derived from the ancient Taino assemblages and have shared my own mtDNA HVR1 sequence to show where and how my polymorphisms match. Since no one at the present has shared these kind of things with people who have had their mtDNA tested I think this is also important as a comparitive study done by myself, a layman on behalf of other laymen.

Thank you for the opportunity to share the good news.

John Browne Ayes y Maldonado

The URL to my blog:

El Jigue said...

have you included my mother Leonela Garcia-I~niguez Ramirez haplotype A. First recorded contact in the headwaters of the Guama River in the Sierra Maestra Cuba. Circa 1873. Her grandmother Leonela Enamorado Cabrera gave birth to my grandfather Mambi Brigadier General Calixto (GArcia-I~niguez Enamorado) near the headwaters of Canapu River Valley (apparently means tomatillo) in the old province of Oriente (in the mountains above La Bahia de Nipe).
Both places are known to have been Taino/Black settlements in the early 1800 see

La Rosa Corzo, Gabino (translated by Mary Todd) [1988] 2003 Runaway Slave Settlements in Cuba: Resistance and Repression University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill ISBN 0807828033 ISBN 0807854794

It is common in Cuba to believe that the Tainos died out as we know that is not true. DNA work should put this to rest

Larry Daley