The Indígena Project :: remembrance, recovery, restoration
a series of 4 day gatherings / residencies for self-identified Indigenous girls, women, mothers and birthkeepers of Turtle Island / Anahuac (aka: the Americas) who want to restore and revitalize their connection to ancestral ways and wisdom of birth and mothering.
This is of particular interest to women who have lost connection with their lineage – and who want to restore what has been broken for their children and ancestors. Many of us are diasporic Indigenous people who have lost contact with our lineages and Indigenous Eldership as a direct result of the The Indian Relocation Act, corrupt Indian adoption policies, Indian residential and boarding schools, military recruitment of Indigenous people, forced migration, borders, mestizo consciouness, shame and hiding etc…
We come together seasonally in residency gatherings to re-create ceremony that has bee lost. We turn to each other relationally to remember, recover and restore who we are as Indigenous women who have lost connection with ancestral relatives, lands, language, and culture of Turtle Island.
We will gather and connect using the gentle tools of Indigneous storywork, laying-on the earth, community theater, dream work, appreciative inquiry, Somatic Experiencing, constellation ceremony, Myth Mending, Earth-Womb medicine, the mesoamerican sweat house (Temazcalli), Susto and Limpia (soul loss and spiritual cleansing) and trauma-driven performance protest – which we will present publicly for the creative representation and restoration of our people.
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Myth Mending :: restoring psyche place and world
tīciyōtl :: sacred healing medicine
Tīciyōtl is the Nahuatl word for the Indigenous medicine of the Mexica people and their descendants. Here, the word medicine does not come from the Latin and does not refer to the diagnosis and treatment of disease based on the scientific medical model. Rather it is closely related to the realms of soothsaying and divination. It lives in the context of Indigenous ways of knowing and being that are connected to all things (even those considered to be non-living by the western paradigm). Tīciyōtl is non-hierarchical, non-linear, non-binary, relational, poetic, emotional, personal and process-based. Tīciyōtl is an art. That means we work together with all things.
I am your fellow traveler, not an expert or superior.
We will work in spirals toward internal (body, psyche, soul) and external (oppressive structures, cultural restoration, global recovery) transformation.
Myth Mending is an ancient, innovative and efficient process of trauma resolution, curative story, ancestral lineage repair, and nervous system re-imprinting. It is a process for resolving trauma, recovering presence and finding your (and the worlds) deeper healing story of the past, but also for the future. The rupture that so often follows trauma in our current world is not a universal and necessary reality. Traumatic rupture is a result of our current dominant paradigm – its deconstruction and removal of the Indigenous and embodied ceremonial arts practiced by initiated individuals and communities as a whole. Our ancestral culture and ceremony were protective and must be restored . . .
Myth Mending is also, and primarily, rooted in Indigenous tīciyōtl, in the theory and practice of the traditional “return to ourselves” earth-medicine.
I work with individuals and groups. In particular, I call on the temazcalli, limpias, rebozo sobadas (shawl massage), dream work, and other curative arts as embodied in the present through my personal experience and calling. I have learned these arts in part from regular people, from dreams and visions, as well as brief relationships with teachers and trainings.
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