Stories to Tell

> First Week, April 21 to 25

A journey to re-encounter with culture

Our idea with this project is to create spaces for enjoyment and enjoyment of reading and writing in the schools of the municipality of Silvia, specifically in the Guambia Resguardo, the Usenda area and the Casco Urbano, both in Namtrik and in Castilian. This week we had the opportunity to visit the school of the sector called Fundación, which was one of the many haciendas recovered in the 70's by the indigenous Mísak (Guambianos); we were also at the La Marquesa school, which had been developing a work such as CECIB (Intercultural and Bilingual Community Education Centers) and an organizational process of the community of many years ago, from which comes Alvaro Tombé, one of the land reclamations began in these areas. It is worth talking about the history, why it is seen and felt when sharing with the children of these schools that in their families one still lives one of the many values ​​important for the cultural and human survival: love.

Children who opened their hearts to us and with whom we could play, read, write, listen to tradition, dance and make music. Even the mother tongue is alive in these children, who listened attentively in Namtrik the history of Cacique Calmabás and Juan Tama, as well as the origin of the drum and Misak flute, stories told us by Taita Samuel Morales.

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We also took to carrying new books that have arrived at the library of Guambia (Las Delicias) and the Municipal Library and that the companions María Asención and María Inés bilingually read some of these copies.

It has been a week of re-encounters, re-stories and re-infatuation with stories and a culture that live the hearts and minds of these children. Second Week, April 28 to May 2.

On April 29 we had the opportunity to visit El Chambo School, Chiman Sector, accompanied by the libraries of the Delicias (Guambia Shelter) and the Municipality of Silvia, both companions of the Misak People. There were few children, no more than thirty, who looked at us with questioning eyes. We exposed the books, we introduced ourselves and the Taita told us the story of Cacique Calambás and Juan Tama, how they resisted the entrance of the invaders to these highlands and then how they divided the territory, speaking of the stone that is known like "Piedra Mesa" located in the borders of the guards of Kizgó, Pitayó and Guambia, where the trace of Juan Tama and his dog remains. Then he told us the story of the origin of the Drum and the Misak Flute, the first born of the sounds made of the Ray and the spark, people listened and sounded a strong "tum", the rhythm comes from the steps of the community bambuco), the flute comes from the wind, when it is heard in some parts of the territory and also from the song of the birds.

We had the opportunity to present the work of puppets "Mysteries of a Scarecrow" and it was amazing to see the children quiet, looking at everything, because it was the first time they saw a work of puppets, but surely they had already played with dolls. We shared books and stories and these fellows were delighted to read the books we had taken for a while.

We continue to move our way of encouraging children, parents, teachers and the community to read books, to read the territory, to relive the stories of oral tradition, but above all to enjoy language and understand it as an expression of the soul.

  • Adam Floyd