For Teachers and Students:
Welcome to Poets Breathing Life, a series of modules intended for class presentation and study supplements consisting of four essays each, focusing on a particular theme; showcasing poets, writers, cultures and visionaries of their times!
Individuals and communities are profiled against the backdrop of their disinct epoch and society, represented by the diverse cultures of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, along with excerpts from their myriad works, with accompanying photographs.
Other luminaries come from the Canada, the United States, Europe and exotic locales such as the South Seas!
The series includes portraits of some of the world's first known individuals from ancient Sumer, Egypt, Greece, Rome and China. Case histories, background information, poetry and prose give us a tantalizing glimpse into the private lives of these unique talents from ages past that flowered and left their legacies and continue to thrive in our modern era.
This learning module consists of four essays grouped under Native Cultures of the Americas. Indigenous oral and written traditions exhibit parallel developments of major themes.
Fundamental human emotions revealed in native religions, poetry, philosophy and humanism, are striking in their differences and similarities to schools of thought in Europe and Asia. This may be due to universal traits characteristic of emerging and advanced societies in the Old and New World.
Cultures have left us rich chronicles documenting the fragility of life and beauty's transience. Indigenous tribes and great civilizations shared the view that struggles for existence must be juxtaposed against nature's awesome power and omnipotence. Overwhelming odds that challenged and segregated communities produced literature reflecting wonder, terror, humility and perseverance.
In Peruvian myth, mamas were spirits that caused maize to sprout. Acsumama was potato mother, Quinuamama the mother of quinua and Saramama the maize mother, most important as it was also the principal food. Worshiped as a doll or “Huantay Sara” made out of dry stalks of corn, its image was reconstructed for each harvest, parallel to Mexican idols for the great corn mother.
Mayan legend tells of the first two hummingbirds, created from scraps of feathers that were left behind after other birds had been formed. They were married by the god who sculpted them in an elaborate wedding ceremony. Butterflies created the borders of a room. Flower petals spread a carpet beneath them and spiders the bridal pathway with their spun webs.
Explore these and other indigenous legends on your journey into ancient civilizations and societies of North, Central and South America!