WORKSHOP / LABORATORY / METHOD
Matao Movement Laboratory creates a space for embodied exploration of our relationships with ourselves, our ancestors, our land.
Engaging Matao (CHamoru) movement, song, language, ritual practices and practices learned along the journey to re-k/new them create an experience in which participants develop strategies for activating inafa’maolek (balance/harmony with all of creation).
IFANLALAI'AN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
As an Adjunct Instructor and member of I Fanlalai'an's Core Research Group, Dakota offers workshops on the research methodology, indigenous historiography and cultural material of I Fanlalai'an. These workshops provide insight into CHamoru history, culture, and language through traditionally-styled chant practices. I Fanlalai'an specializes in fino' håya - a form of the language that uses only Indigenous words.
"Indigenizing Self” opens a doorway into the personal journey of honoring ancestry, land, and spirit. The workshop uses storytelling and autobiography to reflect on our own cultural knowing (and perhaps, why one may not know) as it relates to Indigenous protocol. It proposes new pathways for people of all nations and experiences to participate meaningfully in land acknowledgment. Together we will explore the roots of the emergent national and international land acknowledgment protocol to broaden perspectives about what land acknowledgement does and can do. I will offer several Indigenous theories and practices of introducing oneself, relating to community, land, and self as revelatory tools for developing self-reflexive, autobiographical, and authentic land acknowledgment practices.
Living Language was a one day event at The Endangered Languages Alliance in Manahatta during I LAND (in) Lenapehoking.
Curated by Jack Gray, the gathering created space for Indigenous and endangered languages to be seen through the lens of creative practitioners and culture bearers.
This is the first speaker in the series, Dakota Camacho who is Matao from Låguas who is part of the revival of researching and teaching traditional chant and creating new rap music in the first language of Låguas, Fino’ Håya.
Thank you to the Matao New Performance Project, I Fanlalai’an Oral History Project, to the Endangered Languages Alliance for hosting and to friends for coming to support.
Recorded and edited by Dakota Camacho