|Indigenous Dance Moves|
|with my dissertation external committee member, Dr. Leny Strobel|
These last few weeks have been a calm before the storm. Just now, it is a busy busy week with more than a couple deadlines on the horizon. I am calling this next week or so...."midterms"....in the hopes that I will take these tasks up with the gusto that I had while as an undergrad. The Autumn darkness, I pray, will aid me in my entrance into this comfy and empowering cave of empowered writing, smart editing, and delightful concentration. Yep, that sounds like a good vision, no?
Before I do enter the cave, I wanted to pause and reflect in much gratitude about the past couple weeks. I have had, once again, lovely opportunities to put my dissertation into practice. For Dia de Los Muerto/as, I participated in an event in Santa Rosa in which the Xicana community invited the Filipina community to participate in the altars and in offering a dance.
In honor of my lola and my abuela, I wore a ceremonial outfit that brought together pieces from New Mexican traditions as well as the tribes of the Philippines.
|Beautiful Filipina Community!|
All I can say, is WOW! What a new thing for me to be a part of this Xicana/o world and yet come as a babaylan-inspired Mestiza Filipina! I loved it, and I love thinking more and more about my mixed heritage, about being a Mexipina, and about being a spider with a foot in many worlds.