Group 1 Part C: After Dia de Los Muertos

Ashley Cook
Mourning from a Distance Group 1 Ofrenda
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
El Centro de la Raza, Centilia Cultural Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Daniela Garcia
Francisca Garcia Ofrenda 
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
El Centro de la Raza, Centilia Cultural Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Francisca Garcia Ofrenda

Our group selected these two photos because we felt they best represented the healing nature of the ofrenda practice and experience of Dia de los Muertos. The first photo from our own group 1 ofrenda  titled “Mourning from a Distance” highlights a dedication to a brother that was lost during COVID-19 and never properly mourned in person due to restrictions at the time. The second photo features culture bearer Francisca Garcia as she is lovingly remembered by her family and community.

Category: Ceremonial/Healing

Since these photos visualize the healing process, we chose them to represent the category of ceremonial/healing from the four categories we’ve learned about from Amalia Mesa-Bain’s work. The process of creating an ofrenda and remembering a loved one through objects from their life is a healing practice through remembrance. 


Ashley Cook
Dia de los Muertos celebration
El Centro de la Raza, Seattle, WA, USA

Group 4’s Part C: After the Plurifeminisms Across Abya Yala Symposium

Our Learning Experiences from the Encuentro and Working as a Group

  • Shannon Hong: The encuentro and our group collective altar/ofrenda helped me learn how valuable collaborative thinking is. Although our group never got to work together in person, we found creative ideas to share our ideas virtually, whether that be through Zoom, Google Docs, or our group chat. This allowed us to come up with a unique theme for our altar/ofrenda, which celebrated working mothers. Such collaborative thinking was also emphasized in the encuentro, where people of all backgrounds came together to talk about plurifeminism in the same space and were willing to answer any questions my peers and I had. It was an honor to be a part of this event and I hope to apply what I learned in my future community-based work.
  • Sadie Armstrong: From working as a group in preparation for the encuentro and from the encuentro itself, I was able to learn about the importance of communication. In the context of our group project, communication was imperative for the successful creation of our ofrenda and completion of miscellaneous assignments, especially due to the format of our class we were never able to collaborate in person. The encuentro showed me the value of good communication on a larger scale, as respectful communication both between panelists and between the panelists and the audience was crucial for the success of the event. While I have always valued effective communication in work such as this, working as a group and the encuentro provided great opportunities for me to strengthen this skill.
  • Norma Gaspar: This group and the encuentro has helped me understand more about the ofrenda, plurifeminism, and the importance of convivencia. While we had some difficulties communicating online and where unable to work together or see each other in person, we somehow managed to get through it. Moreover, the conference itself was different that what I expected. At first, I didn’t know how to act considering it was the first time I ever participated in an event like this. However, everyone participating made it seem relaxing and the panelists where very approachable, made it easier for me to ask them questions and didn’t feel as nervous. I am glad I was able to form part of the event and group and I hope later on I can continue in convivencia with others!
  • Amr Mansour: After working as a group, I was able to feel the importance of unity and how things can be accomplished in a smoother and quicker way when working with a group of people, especially with good communication. This group had really good communication and we were able to finish things in a timely manner. I will definitely continue to apply the skills from the encunetro to future jobs and projects.
  • Ethan Lee: Throughout my time working in this group, I have gotten an understanding of how to unite and work as a team, with topics that we all were relatively not familiar with. However, through working together and collaborating with my group members I have learned so much, and also were able to come together and represent an issue regarding Chicana Feminism that our entire group was passionate about through our ofrenda. This process of working on this ofrenda has allowed me to learn more than I ever could have imagined, and has made me more comfortable and confident in my ability to extend my knowledge to diverse communities and also to express myself in my own diverse way.


Photo Selection, Metadata, Categorization

The photos above were selected to identify some of the important moments from the Plurifeminisms Across Abya Yala Symposium. Most of the photos selected show some sort of connection. Some of the pictures show Michelle Habell-Pallan, Maylei Blackwell, Black Mama, and Cristina Burneo are all individuals with unique identities and experiences, but through their shared connection to the goals of plurifeminism these people were drawn together and were able to form a community. We saw how the ofrendas in the background may look different but all are serving the same purpose. Towards the end of the event, we saw how the powerful lyrics of Black Mama brought individuals of all different backgrounds together in a celebration of culture and each other.

Photo 1

  • Photo taken by Shannon Hong at the Feminisms Across the Abya Yala Symposium
  • UW Intellectual House Seattle, WA – USA
  • May 24, 2022
  • Caption: Michelle Habell-Pallan leads the first panel of the event with Maylei Blackwell, Black Mama, and Cristina Burneo answering her questions.
  • Category:  Building Communities- Michelle Habell-Pallen, Maylei Blackwell, Black Mama, and Cristina Burneo are all individuals with unique identities and experiences, but through their shared connection to the goals of plurifeminism these people were drawn together and were able to form  a community. This formation of community was able to occur for the same reason between the panelists and the audience.

Photo 2

  • Photo taken by Shannon Hong at the Feminisms Across the Abya Yala Symposium
  • UW Intellectual House Seattle, WA – USA
  • May 24, 2022
  • Caption: The group ofrendas are displayed with the event information shown on the screen. This represents the culmination of our work this quarter, as we were able to work in a team and collaborate on an ofrenda that represents what we learned from this course.
  • Category: Making Scenes – This image represents Making Scenes because the ofrendas made by the different groups each serve as tribute to the groups and experiences we have discussed throughout the quarter. Each ofrenda is an individual scene, and together they highlight the important aspects of our class.

Photo 3

  • Photo taken by Sadie Armstrong at the Feminisms Across the Abya Yala Symposium
  • UW Intellectual House Seattle, WA – USA
  • May 24, 2022
  • Caption: At the end of Black Mama’s concert, many of the audience members stood up to dance together and celebrate the power of the music. The dancing can be seen as a symbol of unity.
  • Category: Convivencia – Convivencia, or the deliberate act of being with each other as a community, is illustrated in the image above. Connected by the powerful lyrics of Black Mama, individuals of all different backgrounds are able to come together in a celebration of culture and each other.

Photo 4

  • Photo taken by Amr Mansour at the Feminisms Across the Abya Yala Symposium
  • UW Intellectual House Seattle, WA – USA
  • May 24, 2022
  • Caption: In this picture we see Michelle Habell-Pallan conducting the early stages of the panel portion of the event. The ofrendas in the background may look different but are serving the same purpose.
  • Category: Buen Vivir- Buen Vivir is a newly defined way of living that is central to the experience of the peoples of Abya Yala. The ever-changing concept involves practicing sensitivity towards a person’s culture, the environment, and most importantly one another. This image represents Buen Vivir as it illustrates both the dynamic atmosphere of the symposium and shows support and connection between those running the event.

Photo 5

  • Photo taken by Norma Gaspar at the Feminisms Across the Abya Yala Symposium
  • UW Intellectual House Seattle, WA – USA
  • May 24, 2022
  • Caption: Zoom Panelists, Cayetana Saloa, Cristina Burneo Salazar, Betty Ruth, and Lozano Lerma, have a discussion at the conference.
  • Category: Chicanxfuturism – This image perfectly illustrates the meaning of Chicanxfuturism, which describes the role of technology in the preservation of traditional Chicanx cultural practices and connections. The panelists were able to discuss topics of cultural importance and strengthen their relationships across physical distances with the help of the modern technology of Zoom.

Photo 6

  • Photo taken by Ethan Lee at the Feminisms Across the Abya Yala Symposium
  • UW Intellectual House Seattle, WA – USA
  • May 24, 2022
  • Description: Michelle Habell-Pallan is pictured preparing to begin the conference, as the ofrendas are finished.
  • Category: Plurifeminisms – Plurifeminism involves numerous mediums and identities adopted in collaboration with the common purposes of female empowerment and activism. The symposium utilized mediums including virtual meetings, ofrendas, and musical performances to share the importance of plurifeminisms across Abya Yala.


Interview #1: Interview with Black Mama

  • Quote: “[Plurifeminisms Across Abya Yala] means coming back to the knowledge that all the elders had and to be able to combine it with a current social struggle. What we are doing now are what women have been doing through history… We got to go back together and release those ideas on a neutral environment without having to empower over the other one. I don’t like to use the word empowering because I don’t feel like I need power, I don’t need to put my power over anyone. I’m not looking for power, I’m looking for something equal.”
  • Group Number and names: Shannon Hong, Sadie Armstrong, Norma Gaspar, Amr Mansour, & Ethan Lee (Group 4)
  • Interviewee name: Ana Gabriela Cano (Black Mama)
  • Interview date: May 24, 2022
  • Interviewer name: Shannon Hong
  • Format: Word Doc
  • Length of interview: 3 min
  • Image and print file name: N/A

Interview #2: Interview with Cristina Curuci

  • Quote: “Creo y estoy convencida que en este universo hay muchos universos dentro y que tambien no hay un solo feminismo si no, hay plurifeminismos o los feminismos, que se pueden llamar asi, o las mujeres no se pueden denominar feministas, pero hacen sus acciones, sus practicas desde sus sentires y pensares, para el cuidado de la vida, para el cuidado de la vida de las mujeres. Creo que este es un espacio muy importante para hablar de diferentes acciones, sentimientos, pensamientos desde el arte, la musica, de reflecciones, discusiones, desde sus territorios. Con eso me hace demostrar que no hay solo uno si no multiples feminismos, y este feminismo hegemonico nos a querido opacar al igual que muchas teorias del eurocentrismo y no se relaciona con las practicas y la evidencia y los conocimientos de abajo. Y para las mujeres indigenas, no creo que sea del feminismo que viene de Europa…si no desde hace muchos años atras.”
  • Group Number and names: Shannon Hong, Sadie Armstrong, Norma Gaspar, Amr Mansour, & Ethan Lee (Group 4)
  • Interviewee name (person interviewed):
  • Interview date: May 24, 2022
  • Interviewer name: Norma Gaspar
  • Format: Word Doc
  • Length of interview: 3.25
  • Image and print file name: N/A

Group 1 Interview

Interview :

  1. Group 1:
  2. Una conversation con Gladys Tzul Tzul
  3. Gladys Tzul Tzul
  4. May 24, 2022
  5. Nora Medina 
  6. Text Description of Conversation
  7. 5 minute interview, 1 paragraph


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”.

Christina Burneo on abortion rights in Ecuador

A snapshot of the speakers at the panel

Christina Burneo’s panel on abortion rights in ecuador

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.

Save the date! Women Who Rock Community unConference 2015: Rocking Media Justice

WWR Save the Date 2015

Mark your calendar!


The Women Who Rock (WWR) Community will celebrate our 5th anniversary on Saturday, March 7th, with the 2015 WWR unConference, an event where we strive to create a space for women to participate together in discussing ways for Rocking Media Justice. The 2015 WWR unConference will take place on Saturday, March 7th at Rainier Valley Cultural Center, featuring a moderated roundtable dedicated to solidarity within organizers, roundtable discussions with the community, a skills-share space, where attendees can float from booth to booth, collecting different methods for rocking media justice, a cypher, and a community-created altar.

Stay tuned for the 2015 WWR unConference poster! Coming soon…

For now, here are some juicy deets on the events of the 2o15’s unConference:

Saturday’s events::
Musical Brigade
Intergenerational Roundtable Discussion
Skill Swap Bazaar
5th Anniversary CAKE

Sharing is caring! Share WWR Facebook photos and use our Twitter hashtags to get the word out.

#WWR2015 #WWRRockingMediaJustice

Save the Date! 2014 Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities unConference

Save the date for the 4th annual Women Who Rock:  Making Scenes, Building Communities unConference.  Altar Building, Art Bazaar, Film Festival, and more!  Special guest performer Evelyn Harris @ 8pmFriday, April 25, 2014.  Evelyn Harris event held in conjunction with the EMP Pop Music Conference 2014.

All Ages!  Babies & Children Welcome!

All events free at Historic Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District @ 153 14th Avenue Seattle, Washington 98122. Bring cash for food and arts bazaar.

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Be part of the Women Who Rock planning collective for our April 24th film festival, community altar, crafts bazaar, cypher jam, music showcase and special guest speaker event! Bring a friend!

Please help spread the word by inviting your friends, FB or in person! Our special honored keynote guest is Evelyn Harris, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock!

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Snacks provided!

All meetings at Historic Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle 98122

Meetings 12 noon to 2pm. Future meeting dates:
March 2
March 16
March 30
April 6
April 13
April 20
April 25 EVENT

Questions to start the day (with a fantastic soundtrack)

Monica Rojas invites us all to think about how we participate in systems of oppression. How can we name those practices and work collectively to change them? These are useful questions for each of us: what do I do each day to challenge oppressive systems? How can I share this work with others? Who can I learn from in these efforts? How can we remember that our struggles are global?

Personally, I am finding the energy and diversity of the Women Who Rock community inspiring and energizing. The music, the dance, the bodies, and the generosity remind me again of how narrow and circumscribed life in the university can be.

Call for Sessions: “Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities”

“Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities”

February 17-18, 2011 at the University of Washington and Seattle University Call for Session Proposals Deadline: November 30, 2010

Women have been a powerful presence in Seattle’s well-known independent music scene, as performers, promoters, writers, DJs, archivists and fans. In many cases, they embody the hybrid identity of artist-activist-advocate. Historically, in the Pacific Northwest, women have used their music and activism to create music scenes that anchor social justice movements. The present is no different. The Women Who Rock Conference, organized by the Women Who Rock Research Project and the Women Who Rock Graduate Student Collective, will highlight both contemporary and past movement(s) in and outside of Seattle by bringing together musicians, activists, writers, advocates, educators, and scholars to explore questions of female representation and access for women within music scenes. This conference is intended to reach an academic and public audience. Scholars and educators will contextualize their explorations of women within various music scenes by engaging broader discourses of feminist, critical race, and class analyses. Musicians, activists and others will demonstrate how innovations in the
creative arts link to social justice movements.

Photo of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, ca. 1930, © Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images 1970

This conference, which aims to be an annual event, will also introduce the initial phase of the Women Who Rock Oral History project. At the conference, we will generate contacts for future oral histories.

We invite activists, scholars, musicians and artists to submit proposals for topic-focused breakout sessions that will promote dialogue about women, music, and social justice, taking into account issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class and sexuality. We encourage session proposals that explore the ways that Chicana and Black feminist thought have expanded “who” counts as women and “what” counts as rock. In your session proposal, please include the names of facilitators, participants and/or performers; a short description of your topic; a list of the key points you would like to address in dialogue with conference attendees; and a plan for how you will address them. Group and individual session proposals will be considered. We move away from traditional panel sessions with the aim of promoting dialogue. We are particularly interested in creative, non- traditional, and/or musical session formats.
Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to:

Performing Community:
Photo of Alice Bag, ca. 1978, © Ruby Ray 1978
• The role of music scholars, critics, performers and archivists as well as Chicana and Black feminist theorists in crafting a feminist narrative of hip hop, punk, and indie rock
• Women performers and the art of DJ-ing, breakdancing, rhyming, graffiti art, vocalizing and spoken word • Building community at the intersection of Hip Hop and Indie Rock • Autonomous women-focused art collectives (ex. Mujeres de Maíz) • Queer musical practices and interventions

Making a Scene:
• Music making as a local site of feminist community-building (examples include Home Alive, B-Girl Bench, Seattle Fandango Project and others)
• The role of performers, advocates, and educators in creating musical communities • Creating a space for building connections between women in hip hop, indie rock/punk, and alternative rock
cultures that share a similar ethos but rarely connect
• Connecting the women who use music culture as a platform for pleasure and politics • Linking local music communities and transnational musical movements (de CAJóN Project , Afro-Peruvian percussion)
• Musical and creative responses to immigration debates (SB 1070) • Creating spaces of autonomous music making and sharing
• The role of community radio • Internet and social networking

Communal Archives/Oral Histories:
• The politics of the archive; the archive as a site of community-making and historical praxis • The archive as resource for performers, advocates, and scholars • The archive as foundation for digital online and museum exhibits • Presentation of oral histories
Collaborative networks of production, performance, and distribution:
• Use of digital technologies for in-home production and recording • Use of digital technologies for musical and scholarly collaboration • Music communities as a vehicle for public humanities

Please submit your session proposals by November 30, 2010. Proposals should be 500 words or less and include a description of the session format. Please also include a 50-word biography. Send proposals for sessions to Group and individual proposals or performances will be considered.

Questions? Contact Quetzal Flores,

Conference registration at:

Conference organizers: Mako Fitts (, Quetzal Flores (, Michelle Habell-Pallan (, Sonnet Retman (, Nicole Robert ( ), Georgia M. Roberts (

This conference is co-sponsored by the American Music Partnership of Seattle (Experience Music Project, KEXP 90.3 FM, and University of Washington), Women Studies, American Ethnic Studies, School of Music, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington as well as Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, and the Women Studies Program at Seattle University.

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