“Opatssi" means living without being timid or nervous
it means you’ll be happy here
with the Cofán ideal
The paradigmatic Cofán conception of the desirable
"opa" is used equally to refer to
a satisfying existence
a happy community
and a good person
in this land of beautiful frogs
While also above all
referring to a certain quality of collective calmness
and freedom from fear
The Birth of a Dictionary
A gathering of words and interest
in "Cofán" or "A’ingae" which means "according to the people"
as the speakers of this language call it
an unclassified language spoken in northeastern Ecuador
and in the southern part of the Colombian Amazon
The number of speakers is estimated
somewhere between 600 and 800 in Ecuador
and between 400 to 600 in Colombia
the majority are Cofán-Spanish bilinguals
Growth rate of the population
is reasonably stable over the past decades
yet outside of Ecuador relatively little is known
about this ethnic group.
Someone shows an interest
a PhD student who learns something
interesting about the people
and decides to study their words
He or she gathered linguistic data on Cofán
in order to write a grammar
consisting of a detailed description
on all the different aspects of the language system
phonology, morphology, lexicon
semantics, syntax, and pragmatics
And the ethnographic information
of Cofán speakers
creating along the way a small dictionary
and a small collection of texts
During the visits to the region
close cooperation with the members of this community
guaranteed a fair exchange of knowledge
between the participating parties
researchersand Cofán people
If you decided to work on a PhD in linguistics and create a dictionary, what area of the world would you be most interested to visit and study? Who would you like to be able to communicate with?
Cofán (cof), A'ingae—"Opa" (peace, (calmness, freedom from fear), "Opac̷ʰe kãʔhẽɲe" (peace), "Opachekahene" (peace), "Opatsse" (peace), "Pʰĩpʰĩc̷ʰia naʔe" (calm (of the sea), "Phiphichianae" (calm) , "Noa" (good), "Nochi" (good), "Nokha" (good),—Sucumbíos in Northeastern Ecuador and Southern Colombia.
A found poem is a poem crafted from the words of another—a quote from someone famous or words found on a scrap of paper written by someone unknown to the poet. A found poem can be teased out of the words of a friend or a colleague, occasionally a child. Sometime the words are written out in the same order as they are found, sometimes the order is changed, fine tuned, or adjusted. The words are changed, made the poet's own by what is taken and what is left behind. Choices are made and that makes all the difference.
Einstein's Peace, a Found Poem
Learn from yesterday
peace cannot be kept by force
achieve by understanding
Live for today
look deep into nature
do not stop questioning
hope for tomorrow's
will take you everywhere
Martin Luther King's Daybreak of Peace, a Found Poem
Starless midnight of racism and war
in the silence of good people
come here on different ships
Change the system
justice, love, peace
become a reality
in the bright daybreak of peace
the final word
Walk in the light of creativity
stand at times of challenge
work for our freedom
in the same boat now
Virginia Woolf's Peace Poetry, a Found Poem
You cannot find peace
by avoiding life
in every secret of a writer's soul
Language and poetry
friends and beauty
riot and extravagance
laughter and anguish
Cutting the heart asunder
value life more
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