Indigenous Poetry in Women’s Voices
Many languages of Mesoamerica and South America are disappearing, and as these languages disappear, very valuable cultures disappear.
In this presentation, we will introduce four women, indigenous poets, who will present poetry in their native language: Nahuatl, Quechua, Zapotec and Aymara. Through their poetry, they contribute to keeping their languages and cultures alive. We will talk about the cultural richness of these peoples, their traditions, customs and the wisdom of the knowledge of nature. We will hear from their voices poems of a beautiful sound, in which ancestral traditions are remembered.
About the Speaker
Inés Mónica Sarmiento-Archer
Dr. Sarmiento-Archer is a member of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Adelphi University. As a Spanish teacher, she aims to inspire her students to develop their creative abilities by teaching culture and context and making the lesson current and relevant. She has two great passions in her life, literature and art. Her main research focuses on health in relation to literature and art. As an artist, she works on the oxidation process for coloring stainless steel.
She is the director of project Bi/coa: Bicentenario Iberoamericano / Community of two Americas, an organization that promotes the exchange of cultures through academic and cultural activities. She participates in recitals and literary events at The New York Public Library, Poetry Project NYC. Her works are part of the following collections: 2019 Met Museum, Arthur K. Watson Library, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; 2017 MoMA Library New York; Jose Luis Cueva Museum, Mexico; Royal House of Spain; Museo del Barro, Paraguay; 2008 MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, California. She is also a member of the Art Students League, and the Junior Board of Queens Council of the Arts.