Proverbs from our foremothers

In April last year, Kamee Abrahamian (@29cents) contacted me on Instagram to ask me to collaborate on a project: an illustrated collection of proverbs from Armenian women. Fast forward one year, a lot of research and dedication: our little baby is finally here with 32 pages, 13 original illustrations, and 14 quotes from 13 Armenian women such as Zabel Yesayan, Srpuhi Dussap and Shushanik Kurghinian. The little book also contains a foreword and a list of sources so you can dig deeper and learn more about the women we featured!

Excerpt:

“We put this together because as feminists and Armenians living in the diaspora, we often find ourselves searching (digging) and yearning (desperately) to hear/feel the voices of women in our ancestry and community – not only when our struggles become unbearable, but also when we want to celebrate ourselves, our powers, our-making-of-the-impossible-possible.”

Illustrations you will find in the book:

 

Do you want to order yours? Contact me via e-mail (anahitoferebuni@gmail.com), or slide into our DMs on Instagram (@29cents or @anahitoferebuni)!

P.S.: This project is an ever-evolving, collaborative endeavor. We welcome thoughts, suggestions, and any form of support you are able to offer – so please write to us!

Zabel Yesayan: Ode to the night

I’m sharing with you guys a poem that I really like. It is called “Ode to the night” and it was written by Zabel Yesayan when she was 17. It is the first piece that she ever published and it appeared in the journal Dzaghig in 1895. It was translated from Armenian to English by Jennifer Manoukian. Continue reading “Zabel Yesayan: Ode to the night”

Learn about Zabel Yesayan (1878-1943)

Zabel Yesayan (1878-1943) was an Ottoman Armenian novelist, presented today as one of the most important writers of Western Armenia. In her autobiography “The Gardens of Silihdar“, she put great emphasis on the condition of Armenian women, and the obstacles she faced to pursue an education and literary career as a woman in this context. Continue reading “Learn about Zabel Yesayan (1878-1943)”