The Latin root word of “indigenous,” INDIGENA (pronounced in-di-jeh-nuh) brings to mind not only the roots from which we grew, but also the ways in which people of color, QTPOC, and people with disabilities, put down roots in the face of being constantly othered and denied existence.
Established in December of 2019, Indigena has already had several successful community readings, two of which were virtual. Past readers include Eduardo C. Corral, Tyree Daye, Chen Chen, Rajiv Mohabir, Nina Foster, Sass Orol, Jessica Q. Stark, and Destiny Hemphill.
We chose the symbol of a white moth as our logo for several reasons. In folklore across the globe, the white moth is often an ancestor or a deceased loved one come to visit. And, moths, despite being nocturnal, are drawn to light.
What does it mean to come from somewhere else, to really come from somewhere else? And, in trying to find home, how does one navigate such an othered life?
Perhaps, through sharing our art, we can attempt to answer such questions. We encourage folx who identify as part of a marginalized community, including but not limited to such groups as people of color, QTPOC, and people with disabilities, to be part of and enrich this new collective.