Photo by Andi Mcleish, Raven Spirit Dance | photo featuring a tattoo by Butbut mambabatok and elder, Apo Whang Od

Photo by Andi Mcleish, Raven Spirit Dance | photo featuring a tattoo by Butbut mambabatok and elder, Apo Whang Od

 UPcoming Projects: Gestural Lineage

Gestural Lineage (Phase 1: Research) will work to share informational and emotional details in my search for my roots and ancestry, to empathize with the many people in Diaspora. I will delve into experience-based research in my motherland with the goal of immersion in traditions, cultural festivals, and daily tasks of its people. This research will delve into the daily gestures that are laden with Filipino culture. I will perform research in five ways- experiencing, filming, writing, movement research, and conversing with tribe members, locals, and academics. I will participate in immersion with the Kgaan Tribe tribe in Mindanao, as well as the Aeta Tribe and Butbut Tribes in Luzon. I will visit the lands that my parents were born and raised in. I will also be attending Pamati, in Visayas, and Kadayawan Festival in Mindanao, to connect with motherland through learning about various Indigenous practices, current issues experienced by Indigenous tribes, and various steps towards cultural resurgence. Jr Guerrero and Babette Santos are two adopted members of the Bagobo tribe and are board membrs of Kathara Arts Collective here in Vancouver. I currently join them in their vocation for cultural resurgence through performance of traditional dance in schools and festivals. Jr and Babette have respectful ties with the Bagobo and T’boli tribes and are advising me on protocols and procedures to pursue a respectful immersion with these tribes between July 2019 and June 2020.

 
Photo by Forest Borch

Photo by Forest Borch