Figure: Cacique Hatüey
The famed Taíno Cacique as the emperor has vast significance. The emperor calls for you to be fatherly, to protect and ensure stability and security for those around you. The emperor represents a powerful leader who demands respect and authority. His fight against the Spanish push of Christianity on the Taíno proves that this card not only exemplifies him but his ancestral connection to leadership as a whole.
“Here is the God the Spaniards worship. For these they fight and kill; for these they persecute us and that is why we have to throw them into the sea... They tell us, these tyrants, that they adore a God of peace and equality, and yet they usurp our land and make us their slaves. They speak to us of an immortal soul and of their eternal rewards and punishments, and yet they rob our belongings, seduce our women, violate our daughters. Incapable of matching us in valor, these cowards cover themselves with iron that our weapons cannot break.”
3' x 5' Custom laser etched hand painted wood panel in custom built shadow box hand gilded frame with hidden flush mount french cleat for mounting.