"Raíces del mismo árbol" was a four-part workshop series organized by multimedia artist, Rocio Vasquez Cisneros. The project was formed by a community of six women of diverse cultural identities, but all self-identifying as Latina.
The workshops focused on ancestry, storytelling, and healing, and consisted of prompts to guide the group into meaningful conversations on how we can more intentionally bring our ancestors' stories into our present day lives, and how we can find healing through sharing stories of past and present. The last workshop culminated in a picnic organized by the group of women where each participant invited important women in their lives and performed a poem/prayer written in response to the conversations from the group. Ultimately the stories, experiences, and knowledge gained through these workshops were done in an effort to bring symbolic and real healing to the Latino community through individual experiences to explore how intergenerational healing can emerge in wounded places of fragmentation.
These poems were written by Rocio's project participants. To view a recording of the poems, click here.
Rocio has also featured this poetry on a website she created for "Raíces del mismo árbol". (Click here to view.)