Taino Shamanic Journey
with Irka Mateo
Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 6:00pm- 8:00pm MT
Irka Mateo is a Taino indigenous woman born in Kiskeya, today’s Dominican Republic and is a Taino Bohutio (medicine woman). Ms. Mateo travelled throughout the Dominican countryside for ten years between 1997 and 2007, seeking out the spiritual beliefs and healing ways of the Taino indigenous peoples, learning and documenting her findings. She was initiated into the devotional and ritual practices by the late Reyna Alejandro Jiménez, keeper of the Liborio Mateo’s Peregrination Site for forty years. Liborio Mateo was a messianic spiritual leader and most revered Afro-indigenous Bohutio of the twentieth century. Irka was initiated into the Indigenous Mysteries Spiritual and Healing Arts by Berquis Mora, the new successor of an outstanding Bohutio’s lineage connected to Liborio Mateo’s teachings. In this same period she recorded and documented the music of the spiritual ceremonies which was supported by the Grammy Foundation. Her work in turn was digitized and converted to an archive which was donated to the Dominican National Archives. Irka is an iconic recording and touring singer-songwriter in her native country. Her most recent album Vamo a Gozá was considered for the Latin and the Academy Grammys Awards in 2018.