Irka has been working with children as a performer and artist/teacher for 15 years. Since 2008 she has  developed and implemented numerous educational and artistic programs at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian and the Brooklyn Arts Council.  Currently her weekly workshops at  The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, “Toddler Music with Irka Mateo” are highly successful educational programs; a space for toddlers and Moms to learn about Taino indigenous culture thorugh music, dance, an games.

Current Schedule

Join the Taíno Music with Irka each Wednesday at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Irka Mateo, singer-songwriter and educator, teaches children (ages 2 and older) about Taíno culture through stories, songs, movement and hands-on activities. Program is free of charge. Space is limited. Registration is required:

Wednesdays, 10:15 am, English only

Wednesdays, 11:15 am, English only

Wednesdays, 2 pm, Spanish only

This program is generously supported with funds from the Smithsonian Latino Center.

 Workshops, Storytelling and Music Performances for Children

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Present-2008

Brooklyn Arts Council, Present -2008

Museo del Barrio, NY 2012

Queens Museum NY 2012

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago 2010, 2009

Schools Dominican Republic. 2007-1997

Miami Dade County Public Schools, Florida 1997

Irka Mateo Storytelling EPK

Continuing her work spreading the Taino culture she is producing an animation film on Taino Creation Stories. 

Deminan Karakarakol Teaser (A Taino Creation Story)

Deminan Karakarakol

SYNOPSIS: In the days when Tainos Gods and Semi-Gods lived in the ethereal world, Goddess Itiba Kaubaba passed away, while giving birth to quadruplets. One of her sons, Deminan KaraKaraKol, became a hero when, through his adventures and mischief, he managed to prepare the world for Tainos to be born and live on earth.Based on "An account on the Antiquities of the Indians", Fray Ramon Pane, 1498.

SINOPSIS: En los tiempos en que los Dioses y Semi-Dioses Tainos vivian en el mundo etereo , la Diosa Itiba Kaubaba moria de parto al dar a luz a cuatrillizos. Uno de sus hijos, Deminan KaraKaraKol, se convierte en el heroe que, con sus andanzas y travesuras, preparara el mundo para que los Tainos nazcan y vivan en la tierra.Basado en "Relacion de las Antiguedades de los Indios", Fray Ramon Pane, 1498.

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