The Women Who Rock (Un)Conference began with a blessing from a member of a coastal tribe. She acknowledged the people and tribes that once lived on the land we occupy now prior to colonization. Before the conference, she used sacred plants to purify the space of any ill-spirits so the conference space could be a place for good vibes, relaxation, and harmony. After the blessing, Professor Michelle Habell-Pallan and Professor Sonnet Retman introduced people, organizations, and sponsors that helped make the conference possible.
Once introductions were done, the first event of the conference was a dance routine performed by two people. The dance revolved around rhythmic feet pounding and a Spanish poem. Rhythmic feet patterns rose and fell in intensity as if it was linked with the Spanish dialogue that was about a journey of liberation and decolonization. Post-dance performance, the dancers discussed how dance can be a healing process and shared with a collective to empower everyone.
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