Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer whose mission is to create poetic and theatrical work about race, gender, and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Her first full-length book, SOUVENIR, was released in February 2014 (WordTech Editions). Her first play, PAGBABALIK (Return) appeared in festivals in 2006-7 and she is working on her second, A HISTORY OF THE BODY, both supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation. A HISTORY OF THE BODY was also commissioned by the East Bay Community Foundation and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Recently, she collaborated with Amara Tabor Smith and Deep Waters Dance Theater for the food-justice themed dance theater piece, Our Daily Bread. Her poems appear in numerous journals and anthologies such as Kartika Review, 580 Split, Lantern Review and Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees and Poets (Lit Noire Press) and her chapbooks, the space between and Finding the Bones (Finishing Line Press). She’s been featured as a spoken word artist throughout the SF Bay Area and nationally, including at Stanford, Mt. Holyoke College, Portland State University, University of Miami and UC Santa Cruz. Suzara received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Mills College. An advocate for the intersection of arts and literacy, she is a creative writing lecturer at Cal State University Monterey and leads workshops in poetry and performance for youth and adults. www.aimeesuzara.net
Balik sa Dagat Bangka Journey is a group of Filipinos/Filipino-Americans, mixed heritage people and the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest gathering to assist each other in revitalizing the cultural heritage and traditions necessary for healing as individuals, family and community members.
Balik sa Dagat (return to the sea) Bangka (canoe) Journey entails the healing of our connection with our natural world. It is the canoe that literally and spiritually connects us with the land and forests as we take the trees and bamboo that will form our intentions. It is the canoe that connects us to the element of water and a renewed consciousness of our waterways; rivers lakes, oceans etc. It is the process of building the canoe that connected family – community – culture. It is the canoe that embraced the many aspects of science and technology in the construction and function as well as celestial navigation. It is more than evident that modern culture has lost the vital connection with nature in a brutal display of selfishness and abuse. The dire state of the global forests and waterways and the diversity they sustain is the result. If we are to survive we must alter the paradigm of greed and destruction with a renewed understanding of connection and respect for cultural and biological diversity. Balik sa Dagat Bangka Journey can be a vehicle of healing ourselves and healing the earth in creative and collaborative ways by building our consciousness of connection to culture, history, community and crucial contemporary issues. It can be a way of navigating our way to a more sustainable and healthy future. ~Alexis Canillo, Pomo/Coast Miwok-Cebuano, Carver; Retired Youth Counselor, Artist, Kulintang Musician
BARBARA DE PAULA DA SILVA
Bárbara “Be” de Paula Rodrigues da Silva is a transnational and trans-disciplinary performer, poet, community educator & organizer native to Southeastern Brazil. Through her work, she aims to build bridges between community empowerment, artistic expression, spirituality, decolonization and healing.
Bárbara creates and performs autobiographical and politicized poetry that collectively engage intersecting identities, migrations and mothers, sexuality and spirit, heritage and herstories, compassion and creative resistance. Her poetry aims to bridge the personal-political, honor the play and power of language(s) and empower youth, womyn, queers, migrants and all marginalized peoples to authentically express and heal themselves & their communities, and to rise for transformation and social change.
Capoeira IJEXÁ was established by Mestre Urubu Malandro in San Francisco, California in 1996. The group currently conducts classes for adults 3 days a week at 2095 Harrison Street in San Francisco. The dedication and hard work of both the students and teacher have enabled Capoeira IJEXÁ to grow and prosper in the Capoeira community. Capoeira IJEXÁ offers workshops and performances for schools, organizations, special events, and festivals. Past performances include AcroSports City Circus, Flavor Group, Urban Momentum Dance week, Future Primitive Sound, San Francicso Chronicle, and San Francisco ZooFest, LAM and more. For information about booking contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corrina Gould is a Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman, born and raised in Oakland, CA. She is the mother of three children and currently works as the Title VII Coordinator, Office of Indian Education at the American Indian Child Resource Center, where she assists in directing an after school program that includes wrap around services for Native students in Oakland. She is also the Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run organization that works on Indigenous people issues as well as sponsoring an annual Shellmound Peace Walk to bring about education and awareness of the desecration of the sacred sites in the greater Bay Area, 2005-2009.
In April of 2011 Corrina, Wounded Knee De Ocampo and a committee of six others, joined together and put a call out to warriors to create a prayerful vigil and occupation of Sogorea Te in Vallejo CA. This is a 15 acre Sacred Site that sits along the Carquinez Straits. The occupation lasted for 109 days and resulted in a cultural easement between the City of Vallejo, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District and two federally recognized tribes. This struggle was victorious and will set precedence in this type of work going forward with others that are working on sacred sites issues within city boundaries in California. She is currently working with to create a Native women’s led land trust in the Bay Area.
Corrina also sits on the California Indigenous Environmental Association Board, the Board of Directors for the Oakland Street Academy Foundation and is the treasurer for the Edes HOA. She is an avid Raiders Fan.
Daniel Arizmendi joined the word renowned indigenous dance company Dancing Earth in 2011 after meeting at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. He performed with Dancing Earth for the Bioneers Conference, and was subsequently invited to represent the company for the 2012 Hemispheric Encuentro of Performance and Politics. An international martial arts champion, he began his vocational ballet training with a full scholarship at Redding Ballet Academie in their Pre-Professional program, and he also was privately coached by Natasha Morken. For six years, he was a principal dancer with Redding City Ballet as well as a resident choreographer for both the company and the school. In 2008, he founded Belariz Ballet School, performed for FACT/SF’s Home Season 3.0, was a founding member of Artesan Dance Company. He is now the Director of the Dance Zone dance training academy in Cupertino, CA. As an indigenous choreographer and teacher, he creates original works and teaches master classes for dance companies, schools, and universities.
The phenomenal hummingbird, Native songstress – Desirae Harp is a Native California (Wappo) and Diné singer, poet, college student and community activist who grew up in Santa Rosa, California. Considered a child prodigy by her community at a very early age, Desirae has been sharing her beautiful and powerful voice with a wide range of audiences since the age of two. By the age of three, Desirae competed, performed and won various talent shows with hundreds of people in attendance. At ten, she was approached by tribal elder Dennis Barela, who taught Desirae indigenous songs and invited to sing at ceremonies. And at eleven, realizing Desirae’s passion and talent, her family and community came together to sponsor opera singing lessons which would elevate her capacity as a singer way beyond her expectations.
Desirae’s greatest musical influences growing up were the Fugees and Ulali. As a singer, Desirae wanted to fuse rhythm and blues, like the Fugees, and sing in her indigenous language like Ulali. Learning how to speak and sing in her indigenous language was a big milestone, and getting in touch with her indigenous culture also helped Desirae find her voice as a writer. As writer, Desirae would speak to herself through the songs that she would create. She wrote lyrics that inspired her to be strong and to positively deal with the challenges she faced growing up as a Native youth.
Though she had been writing songs since was a little girl, but it was not until Desirae started singing with Audiopharmacy that she began to gain confidence in to become a professional singer and realized how she could use music as a tool for social change. Desirae now uses her voice to advocate for the healing of Mother earth and her community. Desirae also empowers others through teaching them how to use their voice, and has giving workshops to youth in afterschool programs teaching them how to sing and tell their own stories.
Desirae Harp has performed with the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Native American Contemporary Arts Festival, Bioneers Conference, Native American Journalist Association Awards Ceremony, Native American Film Festival Awards Ceremony, One World Beat Festival, and was the lead vocalist and a Global Cultural Artist Ambassador for Dancing Earth’s Origi-Nation: Roots & Seeds.
Desirae Harp has performed with Grammy award nominee R. Carlos Nikai. She has also performed as a lead solo vocalist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and she was the lead vocalist in an opera conducted by Grammy Award nominee conductor, Sara Jobin. She has shared the stage with acclaimed poets such as John Trudell, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Lorna Dee Cervantes. She has shared the stage with Native American Music Award winners Inez Jasper, Jana Mashone, Keith Secola, Indigenous, and Cody Blackbird.
JO-LIN LENCHANKO KALIMAPAU
My maternal grandfather came to Hawai‘i Islands from Mongolia in 1883 and my maternal grandmother is pure Hawaiian from Waipi‘o Valley, Moku o Keawe. My paternal grandfather came from Kiev, Ukraine in 1908 and my paternal grandmother’s parents came from Portugal and Puerto Rico. I would say of myself that I literally have global roots.
I was raised as Hawaiian in a land of many heritages. My mom grew up in the Hawaiian ways of old on Hawai‘i Island. She then came to Honolulu on O‘ahu Island as a teen during a time of great cultural changes. My mother, like many Hawaiians of her day, functioned as society required but secretly held on to the old belief systems.
As the first born, I was the one who most benefited from this. Our Hawaiian ancestors had no written language. I am blessed to have words to speak and write that share my heart; and talents that give them a place to live. The discipline of prayer guides my thoughts, words, and deeds daily.
I share with you my acknowledgement of the seen and unseen influences that flourish in my world of no boundaries. I believe there is no right or wrong…only perception. The ancestors guide us and say: Come this way! It only begins…
Kanyon Sayers-Roods is Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash; she also goes by her given Native name, Hahashkani, which in Chumash means “Coyote Woman”. She is proud of her heritage and her native name (though it comes with its own back-story) and is very active in the Native Community. She is an Artist, Poet, Published Author, Activist, Student and Teacher. Daughter of Ann-Marie Sayers and was raised in Indian Canyon, trust land of her family, which currently is available for anyone in need of ceremony. Kanyon’s art has beenfeatured at the De Young Museum, The Somarts Gallery, Snag Magazine, and numerous school projects. She is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale, attainED her AS and BS majoring in Web Design and Graphic arts. She is motivated to learn, teach, and continuing doing what she loves, Art.
LENY MENDOZA STROBEL
Leny Mendoza Strobel, is a Filipina in the diaspora and a settler on the land of the Pomo and Coast Miwok. She is Professor of American Multicultural Studies at Sonoma State University and the Project Director of the Center for Babaylan Studies (www.babaylan.net). She is also the author of books on the process of decolonization and indigenization. Her latest book (co-edited with Lily Mendoza) is Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory (2013).
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Manila-born and southern California-raised PaizLee has spent the last 19 years on O‘ahu with a vision to integrate community work with music & art as a solo artist and in music collectives. She has cultivated a sweet, authentique sound that is both unique and familiar with a wide array of flavors and delicious musical stylings; her feel is neo-jazz over a hip-hop heartbeat with a touch of dreamy electro soul and the chill vibes take you to paradise where she has been a resident for nearly two decades. Although she has been woven into the Honolulu music scene since her arrival from Los Angeles in the 90s, it was not until nearly a decade later in 2005 that she debuted as a featured vocalist on her first CD project Memoirs of the Tempo featuring Paisley with the group Tempo Valley. The 5 to10 piece island style downtempo collective played locally, throughout the islands, opening up for artists such as De la Soul, Biz Markie and Nas, as well as rocking shows in the Los Angeles area until 2010. In 2013, she had the privilege to become a contributing writer for the book Empire of Funk: Representations of Hip Hop in Filipino(a) America (2013) and has been a regular speaker at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa for her contributions in the local music scene as well as her community work. Her experience with Illuminating Pin@y Voices sparked an interest in working with the Pilipino Community in the area of gender violence prevention and advocacy. She continues to nurture this passion through outreach projects, mentoring the youth, empowering them through arts and culture. PaizLee, a graduate from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and continues to apply herself as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and artist; EllePhlaunt Artablesmerchandise is also available for purchase on the Bandcamp merch page. An upcoming release under the name ADD+PLUS is in the works and features some of Hawaii’s finest as highlight to the self-produced project. The self proclaimed “late bloomer” also has a solo album in the works.
NATALIE ACEVES (EARTH BODY EXPERIMENTAL ART)
Natalie Aceves landscapes a sensory interconnection to history, tradition, art, music and nature; submerging ancient and contemporary abysmal concepts of spirituality, cultural identity, transformation, community and environmental responsibility. Her work empowers the nature of dance as an essential life force; her choreographic infrastructures encompass intuitive movement, ritualism, and personal expression. Natalie’s mission is to transcend infinite inquiry; continuous understanding and exploration of the human experience. Through movement, Natalie has discovered the bodies centralized capacity to bridge the conscious and unconscious, mind and body, inherit somatic intelligence with people and planetary realms, catalyzing connective agents of the imagination, a language of the soul she believes can navigate humanity inward towards the abundance of our internal resources, establishing new heights of awareness, sense of belonging, purpose, embodied change, collective memory and empowerment. Ancestral resiliency, evolution of consciousness, communication and healing has been fastened by dance. Natalie continues to embrace and unfold the mysteries of life through the integration of traveling, cultural and creative collaboration with the youth, her practice as a body worker, yogi, and artistry of a performer and creative director— so as art expands, life depends, and as our lives deepen our consciousness and art expands. Travels in Brazil, Africa, Hawaii, New York and the Bay Area California has cultivated an eclectically versatile and soulful voice, her most recent project Earth Body Experimental Art is a probing and interlinking experience of counterintuitive movement, self-exploration through energetic exchanges with the environment and revitalization of body and earth kinship, led by dance— which to Natalie is more then an artist’s medium, it is an invitation into the unknown, a spirit, medicine, self-creation and community.
NAMORADOS DA LUA
Namorados Da Lua – translated from Portuguese as “Moon Lovers” – is the newest Brazilian band to hit the Bay Area. The band unites Brazilian and North American musicians with a common love of creating positive music with a message.
NDL showcases a beautiful blend of diverse styles, incorporation musical influences from reggae, jazz, pop, rock and funk as well as Brazilian samba, forró, and Axe carnival music. Their music brings unstoppable driving rhythms, fiery lyrical grooves, harmonious instrumentation and original funk that makes them irresistibly danceable for any audience.
Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed cooperative focusing on local seed production and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed training immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org
SAGE LA PENA
Sage is a Clinical Herbalist, ethnobotanist, lecturer, teacher, and gardener specializing in both Native American and Western herbal traditions. From the age of 7, Sage has been working with local medicine people from her tribe, the Northern Wintu (California), and other neighboring tribes. Sage maintains a strong connection with her tribe through continued participation in ceremonial and cultural activities. She has been teaching “Ethnobotany of California native plants” for over twenty years, and leads plant walks throughout the state. Sage was a Community Health Representative (CHR )for two years after her clinical internship with Sonoma County Indian Health. A a CHR, sage assisted clients with diabetes care, nutritional counseling and doctor patient translation. Sage is actively involved in watershed management projects and is currently the Water Resource Coordinator for the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians.
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TEAO SENSE (AUDIOPHARMACY)
Teao Sense spent his teen years in the San Francisco Bay Area during the nineties, when underground Hip Hop was thriving. He could usually be found deejaying, making beats, playing an instrument, or freestyling in rap cyphers. By his early twenties, as a DJ, music producer and multi-instrumentalist, he had developed a worldly, urban, and unique sound to offer to the masses. In 2002, he founded the international music/artist collective Audiopharmacy Prescriptions, which quickly became an international grassroots movement, studio space, and live band, all of which strive to raise consciousness and global awareness, while building communities through art and music. Now, after working with many amazing artists and touring areas including Europe, Japan, Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Samoa, Morocco, Oman, Cyprus, Nepal, Philippines, Bali, the UK, Canada, Brazil and more, Teao is currently finishing his multi-media “Audio Cinema” project called “Moment,” while also occupying the roles of US Music Ambassador, music producer, musical director for “Dancing Earth” Indigenous dance company, educator, multi-instrumentalist, video producer, husband and father of two children. Visit his website at audiopharmacy.com, and follow him on Facebook atFacebook.com/audiopharmacy or Facebook.com/teaosense. He can also be found on Twitter @audiopharmacy; on Instagram at Teao Sense, and on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/Audiopharmacy