Unless an individual hails from the Caribbean the word Bohio does not conjure up any images in his or her mind. Simply it is not a part of your consciousness.
But for those native to the region, images of rest, safety and home immediately come to mind. It has been so since pre-Hispanic contact in the region.
Bohio is the Taino word for thatched roof home of which there are actually three styles. One
is a lean-to called Guariquiten. Easily constructed, made when a quick shelter is needed. Another style is called Caney, more specifically a Cacique (Chief’s ) home. In the days of the Classic Taino these were made in a square or rectangular
fashion. Lastly there is the bohio which the Spanish chroniclers wrote were rounded homes for the Naboria villagers.
Across the Cir-cum Caribbean as well as deep into the Amazonian Rain forest one can observe Amerindian villagers living in these tropical
dwellings. If one is going to live and thrive in the tropics, a bohio style home makes the most sense. Perhaps this is why these homes have persisted up to modern times. The rounded style Bohio can still be found in Cuba, Kiskeya and Jamaica, but
for the most part the square Bohio (caney) is the most common thatched roof home found throughout the Caribbean today.
Jorge Baracutei Estevez