All of This Knowledge Had to Come From Somewhere Right?

IS This Fake?

Where Did I Get This Information?

Stories are never fake.

Anything that we can imagine in our minds, and then tell to one another until it catches on; creating a following of people who believe and support it, is real.

The world is full of stories that have been made up from regular people for centuries. After all, how many of you were placed in house Ravenclaw? Or how many of you want to be an X-Man, or become a member of the Justice League? All of these so-called fake stories of fake people, and fake places have had real impacts on people for ages! Stories will continue to change us as long as we continue to repeat, support, and love them.

On this site, I have toiled over my laptop, sketchbooks, and lots of text books to share a story that is more obscure. The story of the Taino. It is a story that has been very real to me for most of my life, but at the same time very hidden. I re-told these existing myths in order to help people better understand the culture of the Taino and how it lives on in Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans, Jamaicans, and all the places and people where the Taino live on. This site is a culmination of that experience under the lens of one mixed Puerto Rican Dominican boy who was told he was Taino by his mom when he was around 7 or 8 years old.

But as I mentioned that it is an obscure story, I had lots of help from the scholars who researched and reported their findings on the experiences of the Taino. Here I honor them, and encourage you to learn about them by reading their works too. Don’t just take my word for it, do your own research.


Textual References

The Texts I have Referenced in my Research


Icons, Illustrations, Short-Stories, Collages, and More

This awesome website did not come from a group of tech wizards or a team of artists or designers. It was designed, built, illustrated, written, recorded, and researched by one person. ME! Brandon Ivan Cielo Rodriguez Venegas.

That also means that it is perfectly fine to reference this website or any of the textual information outside of the creative work I created over many painstaking hours.

“But Mr. Brandon! Your artwork is so cool, and like so beautiful, and I wanna share it with my friends on Twitter and Instagram!”

Well, thank you random fan for appreciating my artwork! I am totally fine with you sharing my artwork, however art theft is a very real and very difficult pseudo-crime that many artists are victims of every day. Even worse though, many of us do not even know it has happened.

The internet is a very big place, and there are lots and lots and lots of places for thieves to repost an artist’s work without their knowledge or permission. This is why I ask that when you do repost my artwork, please always credit me by including my name, and social media handles. Don’t worry, my social media handles are all under the same name, @BICRV, an abbreviation for my full name. I’ll make it even easier by pasting how I would like the tagline written.

“ARTWORK TITLE, by Brandon Rodriguez, YEAR,, @BICRV”

“STORY TITLE, by Brandon Rodriguez, YEAR,, @BICRV”

Please do not copy my work. I spent an unholy amount of hours of difficult researching, writing, editing, designing, and illustrating everything on this website by myself!