Statement of Intent
This workshop will gather Indigenous youth, adults, elders, and members of the Flagstaff community using a unique, interdisciplinary process. Our focus will be learning about intergenerational, historical trauma that has affected all people through the process of colonization, oppression, and privilege. Through community participation, ritual, meditation, movement, creative expression, nourishing food and water we will explore a process of decolonizing our bodies and spirits.
Our intention is to create a strong container for healing, connection, and mutual We are actively recruiting Native youth, adults, and elders for participation in this event and providing travel stipends and housing for a select number of Indigenous youth traveling from outside Flagstaff. We seek partners to join us in supporting this project financially so the workshop can be offered affordably to all ($5/students; $10/community members).
Our Guest Instructor:
Rulan Tangen (of Santa Fe, New Mexico), choreographer and director of Dancing Earth, performs, teaches, and lectures internationally. With a devotion toward the development of the innovative field of Indigenous contemporary dance, she has taught extensively in Native communities. She believes in this form of dance as continuing the link of culture from ancient to futuristic.
Organizers and Co-Facilitators:
Marie Gladue, BA, founder of Ho’zho’ogo Nahat’a’, is a Dineh environmental and social justice advocate. She originally envisioned this project with the Indigenous Four Directional Model as its foundation. Marie is a practitioner of Indigenous Community Theater and has developed an organic community process to create artistic performances. She raises Churro sheep and is committed to living a land- based lifestyle on her ancestral land at Black Mesa. [email protected]/(928)380-0110
Hilary Giovale, MLS, teaches Tribal Style Bellydance and Embodiment Practices to women of various backgrounds, including survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator, activist, and community organizer, Hilary is dedicated to building bridges across difference to create a peaceful, socially just, spiritually fulfilled, and environmentally sustainable human presence on our planet. [email protected]/(928)380-1055
- The workshop will take place at the Center for Indigenous Music and Culture in Flagstaff, AZ, September 10 and 11, 2014
- The first day is open to Indigenous youth and elders
- The second day will be open to Indigenous youth as well as members of the local Flagstaff community
- Nutritious, Native-grown and holistically grown local foods will be prepared by a Native chef and offered each day as part of the experience
- Co-Sponsors: Grand Canyon Trust/Colorado Plateau Intertribal Gathering, Center for Indigenous Music and Culture, and Anonymous Donors
For more information contact Marie [email protected]/(928)380-0110