Every day we have the opportunity to witness the depth and beauty of the world unfolding all around us, of the promise of creation and the renewal of spirit. Growing up on the farm allowed me to perceive it closely, to recognize growth and birth; to understand that even in death, there is life. As an adult, I am closest to it in the work of creativity.

There is something about the creative work of artists that takes us closer in, to look at what we see and listen to what we hear. 

A couple of weeks ago, on July 12th, I attended a performance ritual called “Between Underground and Skyworld” created by one of my favorite organizations in the world, Dancing Earth and my friend and founder of the company, the incomparable Rulan Tangen. 

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Review: Dancing Earth Santa Fe,

In the 1980’s PBS “Dancing” series, dance was introduced through three lenses - that of ritual dance, theatrical dance and social dance. As it turns out dance is not so clearly pigeon holed. Rulan Tangen’s work. ” …SEEDS: REGENERATION…” performed by her company Dancing Earth, has its roots in both modern dance, Graham-like in moments, and dance as ritual rooted in indigenous traditions. It is at once a teaching story and a tone poem in movement. It is a universal story of us, of where we come from, of our place in the web of living things and our responsibility as sentient beings to care for our home and to maintain balance. It is also a clear warning about hubris, inattention and lack of reflection and where that is currently leading us. As a visual tone poem, images echo events, remembrances and spiritual teachings against a soundscape of spoken word in different languages, singing, and varied musical selections. Dancers morph and interconnect against an ever-changing projected backdrop of the desert Southwest.

By KK Báez, cofounder - MoveWest

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Dancing Earth is proud to work with many talented artists within the Native community. We would like to acknowledge all the supporters and talented artists who worked with us on “Indigenous Futurities” photoshoot.

Garments: Loren Aragon of ACONAV (made originally for Indigenous ComiCon), Venaya Yazzie of Yazzgrl Art - Be Matriarch, Connie Wind Walker, Repurposed mylar emergency blankets styled by Paulo and dancers, dancers personal garments.

Hair stylists: Kalika Tallou of Salon Tallou, Nichole Salazar, Neema Pickett of Kamaria Creations.

Accessorized with: Hair jewelry courtesy of Kalika Tallou and Lyla June Johnston, Silver jewelry pieces by artists John Paul Rangel, Pat Pruitt, Cody Sanderson , Steve La Rance , Sheridan MacKnight. Dentallium jewelry pieces by Ria Thundercloud, Holly Young.

Food: by Karen Sweeney and Elizabeth “Libby” Maclaren

Additional support from: Myra and Pomegranate studios for space for prep, behind the scene documentation photos of creative process by Antwan Benthall, SFAI team including Kourtney Andar for coordinating our time in the space, little ray of light Luycia , Jake Foreman and Kai for family presence!

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… Dancing Earth will be performing between two billboard-sized photographs by Cara Romero, who Ms. Tangen describes as a friend, a colleague and an incredible California native photographic artist. “I am very excited for the dance to be able to animate these incredible images.” She said.

The event is to focus on the Tongva people, who officials say are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar, which was composed of the Los Angeles basin and the Southern Channel Islands. The Tongva people have been indigenous to the Los Angeles Basin for approximately 7,000 years, and their history has been well documented through thousands of archaeological sites, in State historical records, federal archives, and records found in the archives of San Gabriel and San Fernando Missions. While researching the Tongva people I read that the “18 lost treaties” of the US recognized the Tongva but that they were never adopted. The United States, from the mid-1940s to the  mid-1960s, had a policy of “Assimilation” of Native American Tribes, where the Gabrielino-Tongva tribes were effectively terminated. They were enslaved and forced to build the two aforementioned missions.

The Tongva Park covers 6 acres of land that is divided into 4 main sections: Observation Hill, Discovery Hill, Garden Hill, and Gathering Hill.  Among the multitude of awards presented to the designers of Tongva Park are the American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles Design Award, 2014 and the American Planning Association – National Planning Achievement Award, 2015

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019  –  12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. 90491

Tickets: Free and open to all Indigenous peoples and anyone who wishes to learn how to be a good guest.

Parking: Parking is available at the Civic Center Parking Structure, 333 Civic Center Dr. First 30 minutes free. $1 per each additional hour. $5 maximum per day.

Article By: Jeff Slayton

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