Ciboney-Taino

Siboney-Taino or Ciboney-Taino was the indigenous group living in central Cuba during the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was discovered by Critobal Columbus on 28th October 1492 .  Siboney term means man who lives among the stones or rocks. The Siboneyes lived on hunting, fishing and collecting because their habitat used to be near the coasts, where they worked the stones.

Their villages were organised in clearings of the jungle, inland, with two kinds of habitats: the bohío (circular common dwelling of the inhabitants of the yucayeque) and the caney or kaney (larger, rectangular and with windows and a porch, where the chief lived with his family ). These houses were built with hinea leaves (which is collected in rivers and lakes), and wood from the trees of capé prieto and cinnamon. These houses were built surrounding the central plaza holding around 10–15 families each cluster.

Taíno home furnishings included  cotton woven hammocks (the word hammock is Taino voice) to sleep,  mats made of palms and wooden chairs (dujo or duho) with woven seats to seat, platforms, and cradles for children.

Bohio

Kaney

Anthropomorphic Siboney Patterns

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