En el evento de Plurifeminsmo en la Abya Yala yo Nora Medina hable con Gladys Tzul Tzul de Guatemala. Ella dice que los términos “Plurifeminismo” y “Abya Yala” son subjitiente pero que es muy importante lo que las mujeres indígenas han echo much trabajo como “feministas” pero es palabra no es inclusiva mucho a ellas. Y que hasta si no se consideran feministas ellas hacen mucho de el trabajo que critican la systema politico, critican el patriarcado y mas que affection las mujeres indigenas. Ellas siempre están peliando sobre estos derechos. Entonces Plurigeminismo en la Abya Yala es mas para las mujeres indigenas y sobre sus trabajos. Aparte de esos también me dio recomendemos de novelas de Juan Rulfo un autor de Jalisco donde mis padres son de.
My name is Nora Medina and in the event of Plurifeminism in the Abya Yala, I interviewed Gladys Tzul Tzul from Guatemala who had a long long trip to be here to speak of this. I asked Gladys what the term “Plurifeminsm in the Abya Yala” meant to her and she responded by saying that these terms were very subjective but how indigenous women in the Abya Yala are doing the work that could classify as feminists but that term isn’t very inclusive to indigenous women. Having this term shows how indigenous women having something to connect them to and label the work they do such as the social critique of political, patriarchal systems, among other that affect indigenous women. Gladys also provided my recommendations for novels by the author Juan Rulfo such as “Pedro Paramo” “El llano en Llamas”.
The symposium has started and guest speakers, panelists and singers are starting their performances and dialogues!
Above is one guest speaker from Ecuador, Christina Burneo, who is speaking about the fight for abortion rights in Ecuador. She testified as an expert witness for a 19 year old who was prosecuted under the suspicion that she had an illegal abortion. There was a long process of gathering evidence from her phone, location and purchases and while this case was won, it is still only one battle won in the war towards reproductive freedom. This is only one example of the activism from the wonderful feminists in this feminista hip hop encuentro among many efforts with many causes.
Me (Jade) and the team, Gabrielle Sanchez, Elijah Rainey-Gibson, Nora Medina, Elda Theodros, got to work setting up our boxes, securing the table cloth, and making paper cutouts. The theme of our ofrenda is the social death as a result of the criminality of immigration at the border. We made tiny yellow hearts on the friend that with the names done of the victims of this social death. To our right, as we set up, we can see the guest singer Black Mama, warming up her vocals and testing the sound system as the rest of the team sets up the zoom panel meeting technology. Each group member brought a price of the ofrenda, each component symbolizing a different element. Bowls of water to represent water. Paper cuttings on a string to represent air, candles to represent fire, and flowers to represent the earth. We all bring a price to pull together the final Ofrenda!
The open dialogue was a way to connect the women and the audience together to create important dialogue. One that stuck with me the most was Black Mama’s response to a question about her feelings of isolation. Black Mama said both her ethnic groups would reject her because of her appearance but she “needed the love of [her] people.” This impacted me the most because I could connect to that feeling of not being able to fit into one group. This reminded me of “mestizo” or “mixing” learned in class because Chicanos/as were not able to fit into one ethnic group so the creation of the word “Chicanos/as” was a way to include those people. Black Mama said those who don’t accept others are wrong and in the future, marginalization should be eliminated. Black Mama was able to use her own experience to connect with others and use music as a way to reach a broader audience. Black Mama’s experience allowed me to feel more connected to her and her words left a grand impression on me. So powerful!
Building the altar was a collective journey between myself, my group, and my classmates. Building the altar was not only placing objects upon some empty boxes but understanding the significance behind each object. Once completed the altar’s significance was evident throughout.
Our group wanted to remember the missing indigenous women in Washington State and included objects to represent the women’s indigenous roots. The leaves and flowers signify the importance nature plays on indigenous women and placing images of a few missing women allowed the viewer to connect the movement to a face. The placement of the altar’s beside each other was not only visually appealing but also, demonstrates how the concept of an altar is interpreted differently from the various groups.
The differences in the altars made me realize that altars don’t have a right answer. Even though the altars differed from each other all came together and worked to promote the indigenous practices in a positive and informative way.