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Guabonito of Indigenous Caribbean Lore
Guabonito
Acrylic, wood stain, color pencil on wood.
2019

“How Guaguyona returned to the island of Canta, whence he had brought the women. They say that when Guaguyona was in the land to which he had gone, he saw that he had left a woman in the sea. He had great pleasure with her, but soon had to look for many bath-houses in which to wash himself because he was full of those sores that we call the French Sickness. She placed him in a guanara, which means a place apart; there he was cured of his sores. Afterwards she asked permission to continue on her way, which he granted. This woman was named Guabonito. And Guaguyona changed his name, henceforth calling himself Biberoci Guahayona. And Guabonito gave to Biberoci Guahayona many guanines and many cibas to wear tied on their arms; these cibas are stones which much resemble marble and which they wear about their necks and arms; they wear the guanines in their ears, which they perforate when they are small; these guanines are made of a metal like that of which florins are made. They say that these guanines began with Guabonito, Albeborael, Guahayona, and the father of Alberborael. Guahayona stayed in that country with his father, named Yauna. His son took from his father the name Hía Guaili Guanín, which means the son of Yauna; later he called himself Guanin, and is called that today. As the Indians have no alphabet or writing, they do not tell their myths well, nor can I write them down accurately, and I fear that I am telling last things first and first last; but I put it down just as I had it from the natives of the country.” Ramón Pané.