Rulan Tangen’s company, Dancing Earth, performed the culmination of a six-year project called …SEEDS: RE GENERATION… in Santa Fe this April. After the audience arrived to watch the show at Wise Fool, the first action of the work was a Tewa ritual to transform and Indigenize the space. Tangen then removed her socks, saying, “Now I can place my feet on this sacred Tewa land.” It was a powerful opening to a piece that arises from Indigenous dialogues and was, on that occasion, being witnessed by a mostly non-Indigenous audience. We were now in a different space.
The dance traces a meditative journey from creation to the dismaying current condition of our planet and ends with an expression of hope. The creative process behind this piece involved intertribal exchanges between artists, Native elders, farmers, foragers, seed savers, and food and water justice groups. “It’s an emergent process,” Tangen explains. “One of our greatest tools of resilience is the quality of our storytelling. It is how Indigenous people retain connection to who we are.”Read More