Celebrating Boston’s High Impact Latinas
El Batey Background History
The El “Batey” award gets its name from the Taino Indians, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. The Tainos used this word “batey” to describe any square in front of the home of their cacique/chief, where they celebrated their public activities. Each town had one, and they were considered sacred places where magic/religious ceremonies were practiced. ALMA-Soul with its El Batey Award, would like to think of our own communities as “bateyes” where we can honor the hard work of our community members.