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ERIC Number: EJ1169541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Othermotherwork: "Testimonio" and the Refusal of Historical Trauma
Vega, Christine
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v31 n3 p223-230 2018
This paper is an "ofrenda" (offering), a "testimonio" (testimony) of the healing power of reconstituting severed relationships and reconstructing agentic creation stories in the pathology of soul-wounds where pictures and "cuentos" serve to mend genealogical traumas. This paper is a refusal of neglecting traumas, it is "othermotherwork" as an invitation of kin towards the healing soul-wounds by engaging my ageing father ("apá"), who has been battling a debilitating disease for over 30 years. In choosing to erase his memory and refusing well-being, I engage my "apá" by remembering and restoring "cuentos" (stories) retrieved from pictures in my "abuela's" archival orange box. I retell the "cuentos" as told by my "apá" of his mother, father, great-grandmother and great-grandfather, while he offers an unexpected remedy for both our soul-wounds. In this exchange of ancestral "herstories," it is an important move towards an "Indigenous Else," transits beyond borders and separation, towards the restorative act of forging unity, love and compassion amongst my father, my ancestors and myself.
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Language: English
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