Gallery - living-language-land



2022   12x12" shadow box with gallery glass

Tamposati: Those born in the Rio Tambo

  • Language: Asháninka
  • Region: Junín Region, Peruvian Amazon
In the words of Yessica Sánchez:
"My father says that Tamposati means that we are those born in the Tambo River, guardians and caretakers of our nature. For me, Tamposati is my home, I lived my childhood there, I had the joy of enjoying everything that nature provides.

Since I was a child, my parents taught me to sing. Today I reaffirm my cultural identity as an Asháninka woman singer and I make myself visible through my cultural expressions such as my clothing, my customs and my language, raising up our culture.

Our culture is alive and so is our technique. I am proud to carry this legacy with me and to be able to share the beauty of our culture with the world. Preserving our language is important for future generations to enjoy our cultural richness."

This piece features an interpretation of a necklace worn by Yessica, along with the colour of her woven tunic. The river flows between her ancient culture and the seeds of renewal that she plants in her present life.

For the full description, along with pronunciation, map and short video, click HERE.