Omar Alberto Garzón Chiriví

Omar Alberto Garzón Chiriví

Omar Alberto Garzón Chiriví

He holds a BA in Linguistics and Literature from the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, an MA in Linguistics with an emphasis on the study of Indigenous and Creole Languages, and a PhD in Human and Social Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá campus. He is currently an associate professor at the Universidad Distrital in the BA program in Social Sciences, in charge of the Communicative Aesthetics section and research training. He has been a professor at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and the Universidad Nacional, on the Bogotá as well as the Leticia (Amazonas) campus. For ten years, he worked as a pedagogical advisor at the Fundación Gaia Amazonas in bilingual education programs with indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon. Likewise, he has worked closely with the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC for its acronym in Spanish) to formulate educational programs and train interpreters and translators in indigenous languages in different indigenous communities. His most relevant publications include: Rezar, soplar, cantar: etnografía de una lengua ritual [Praying, blowing, singing: Ethnography of a ritual language] (Quito: Abya-Yala, 2004); Educación, escuela y territorio en la Amazonía colombiana [Education, school, and territory in the Colombian Amazon] (Bogotá: Fundación Gaia, 2006); Aproximación a un estado del arte sobre prácticas de medicina tradicional y popular en Hispanoamérica [Approach to a state of the art of traditional and popular medicinal practices in Latin America] (Bogotá: Folios, 2015).