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NEW YORK– A most brilliant star will bring her light to AF3IRM’s CenterShift Conference II: Roots & Routes on the 21st of October: Muriel Miguel of the Kuna and Rappahannouk American Indian Nation and a Guggenheim Awardee, who founded the longest-running American Indian theater group and wrote, for its very first show, the play Women In Violence.
Raised in the tradition of medicine shows, Ms. Miguel is a force unto herself, bringing issues affecting women of the native American nations and First Nations to public consciousness and conscience via a series of performances which has earned her both awe, respect and love. She headed the Aboriginal Dance Program at the Banff Center for seven years and to this time continues to facilitate Storyweaving workshops in the US, Canada and Europe.
She will bring to the “Constellations of History” panel the unique perspective of a woman who has had to distill raw collective experience into an artform of resistance.
The panel is described by Joan Ariete, co-coordinator of AF3IRM NYC, as “a chorale of voices, different in pitch, range and tone, but harmonizing to add to the song of resistance women have been composing since the advent of class society – not only for their liberation as a political class but for the liberation of humanity as a whole.”
The “Roots & Routes” theme of the Conference is meant to look the foundational ideas of U.S. feminism, the continuing relationship of U.S. women’s struggle in the U.S.A. with the ideas, values and women of native American nations, and the contributory streams of ideas and perspectives from women coming from different cultures and nations of the world. Out of this discourse, AF3IRM hopes, will come a new way forward for women of the U.S.A., especially women of color, to continue and strengthen resistance at a time when neo-fascism is rising.
The panel will be followed with an annotated performance by Pura Fe, the great musician and composer of the Tuscarora Nation, who flies in from Saskatchewan to join the AF3IRM transnational sisterhood.
CenterShift is in reference to AF3IRM’s mandate to shift from the margins to the center the concerns of women usually ignored by political discourse.
The all-day conference will be held at the Centre for Social Innovation, 601 est 26th Street, Rm. 325, New York, NY 10001. A sliding-scale registration fee is requested of participants. Please register here: https: //bit.ly/af3rr17. For additional questions, please email [email protected] — ###