Juan J. Torres Shares The Art of Traditional Taino Bow Making
Juan J. Torres, Taino Bow Master
I happened to come across Juan J. Torres as he was packing his bows and arrows and arrow launchers to head back to Ciales, Puerto Rico after a two-year stint on St. Croix. Curiosity got the best of me so I asked why so many bows and arrows. To my delight, I discovered that Juan is one of the two Taino Bow makers in the Caribbean. Juan’s studies started with a Degree in Agronomy. Due to a minor confrontation with a lecturer at the University in Puerto Rico, he then added Archeology to his program. His mother, a history teacher, influenced his love of history so adding another degree to something he loved was inevitable.