Feeling grateful to share this space and learn (Group 1, Feminista Futurisms: Afro-Indigenous Muxeres in Hip Hop, Post #2)

Photo by Estey Chen; Lanessa Cerrillo and Makayla facilitating Encuentro dialogue with Black Mama, Caye Cayejera, Taki Amaru, Gabriela Sinchy Gomez; Feminista Futurisms: Afro-Indigenous Muxeres in Hip Hop; Intellectual House, Seattle, USA; 6/3/2019; Encuentro Dialogue
Photo by Estey Chen; Lanessa Cerrillo and Makayla facilitating Encuentro dialogue with Black Mama, Caye Cayejera, Taki Amaru, Gabriela Sinchy Gomez; Feminista Futurisms: Afro-Indigenous Muxeres in Hip Hop; Intellectual House, Seattle, USA; 6/3/2019; Encuentro Dialogue

For a few moments, the audience at the Feminista Futurisms Encuentro was unsure of whether the event would get off its feet given the venue’s unreliable sound system and electronic display. Black Mama remarked that if the Afro-Indigenous muxeres were famous rock stars, they would never have to deal with unreliable technology. They would receive the necessary resources and attention.

Despite the circumstances, the muxeres would persist and make the situation work for them. This idea really resonated with me. I thought it was especially relevant to our group’s ofrenda. Sites of environmental exploitation threaten communities, but those communities still find remedies out of the circumstances.  

After the event organizers fixed the technology problems, we heard Black Mama, Caye Cayejera, and Taki Amaru perform their music. Though I had seen videos of them perform, I was still surprised and awestruck as I watched their live performances by their talent and passion.

Next, Lanessa and Makayla facilitated a dialogue with Black Mama, Caye Cayejera, Taki Amaru, and Gabriela Sinchy Gomez. Taki Amaru talked about how her Kichwa language was in itself a form of medicine, which reminded me of the theme of my group’s ofrenda. Using her indigenous language despite pressures from society to do otherwise because it’s a healing act reminds me of communities on the borderlands deriving healing from their land rather than allowing it to be exploited for profit.

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