Welcome to our new column!

Welcome to a new column dedicated to archiving folk knowledge and stories from our Armenian kin. Inspired by the many lovely posts I see from my SWANA Armenian friends just floating around social media, I wanted to create a space to honor and archive these precious stories in a more stable way.  If you are an Armenian who has family or cultural traditions, folk wisdom, or stories that you would like to share on this column, please feel welcome! Just email river.rose.layla@gmail.com. My friend Kamee Abrahamian will start us off with some of their awesome IG posts and more treats. Here is a bio to learn more about them:

Kamee (uses they/them pronouns) was born in an immigrant suburb to an
Armenian family by way of the SWANA region; and currently lives on
settler land, uninvited. They arrive in the world today as a mother
and an interdisciplinary creative, producer, and facilitator. They
have a BFA/BA in film and political science (Concordia University), an
MA in expressive art therapy (European Graduate Institute), and an MA
in community, liberation, eco and indigenous psychologies (Pacifica
Graduate Institute). The bedrock of Kamee’s artistic background is in
classical ballet and dance, theatre, and visual art. Their work is
primarily collaborative, spiralling in-to and out-of fragmented
time/place/being through ancestral reclamation, diasporic futurism,
and radical imaginaries.  They have published both literary and
academic work, internationally exhibited and presented visual and
digital artwork, films and staged performances, curated art spaces and
events, and facilitated workshops across Canada and USA. Most
recently, Kamee has been working freelance under Saboteur Productions
(founder) and collaboratively through Kalik Arts (co-founder)

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(The above photo, featured on this post is an incredible field of wild flowers that I fell in love with at Salim Karavan Serai, Armenia- aka. Hayastan when I visited on my Homeward Healing journey in 2016. I visited here with Kamee and our friend Lee, and per Kamee’s suggestion and inspiration! Also, for folks who are not familiar with the term, Hayastan is how Armenians refer to their own nation).

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