POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—"Indigenous Resistance Through the Arts," a three-day conference featuring film screenings, lectures, poetry reading, and musical performance dealing with the Indigenous experience, will be held at Vassar College from Friday, March 26, through Sunday, March 28. The program, free and open to the public, is presented by the Vassar's American Culture Program and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán (MEChA) de Vassar, a student organization that focuses on Chicano, Mexican, Mexican American, and Native American issues.
Friday, March 26
6:00 – 8:00 pm, in Taylor Hall, Room 203
Screening of For the Next Seven Generations and Fundraiser
This is a film about the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and the work they have been doing since they came together in 2004. These grandmothers from around the world were called together to share their wisdom. Can they light the way for us to a sustainable planet? For more information, please visit http://www.forthenext7generations.com/
Saturday, March 27
12:00 – 4:00pm
Kenyon Hall, Clubroom
Introduction and poetry reading by Professor Molly McGlennen of the Vassar American Culture Department
Free lunch provided by El Bracero
Lecture by Oscar Santillan and Carole Brill, about the center that Santillan’s family is creating in Ecuador for the preservation of ancestral knowledge.
6:00 – 8:00pm
Kenyon Hall, Clubroom
Musical performance by Oscar Santillan and Carole Brill
Native crafts and merchandise will be sold.
Sunday, March 28
12:00 – 2:00pm,
Rockefeller Hall, Room 200
Screening of El Enemigo Común and lecture by Simón Sedillo, filmmaker and activist.
About the Participants
Carole Brill is an American woman who has been chanting and making music for over 30 years. She has meditated and studied with great masters of Tibetan, Hindu, Sufi, and Andean traditions. Brill has performed with Oscar Santillan in schools in the United States and in Ecuado. Their CD of original and ancient songs and melodies is entitled From Beyond the Sky: Songs of the Ancient Heart.
Molly McGlennen, an assistant professor of English at Vassar, was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies at Vassar College from 2006-2008. She earned her PhD in Native American Studies from University of California, Davis in 2005, her MFA in Creative Writing and English from Mills in 1998, and her BA, English and Philosophy from University of San Diego in 1994. Her research interests include Native American literature, contemporary poetry, Native American women and urban experiences, Native American critical theory and feminisms, and poetry writing.
Oscar Santillan comes from a small village, Agato, of indigenous people named Kichwa, outside of Otavallo, Ecuador. The Santillan family have been musicians and healers for generations, and his family is among those responsible for helping to preserve the ancient traditional and sacred music of the Kichwa people. Santillan and his two brothers, Guillermo and Rumi, are all considered to be Shamans. His family is in the process of building a museum and temple that will display hundreds of relics. He makes all his own instruments from sacred plants and trees and from vegetation of the Amazon.
Simón Sedillo is a Mexican community rights defense organizer and filmmaker whose work has centered on learning from communities in resistance. Sedillo has spent the last six years learning, documenting, producing, and teaching community-based video documentation with communities in resistance across the United States and Mexico. Through lectures, workshops, and screenings Sedillo seeks to open a powerful space for dialogue on the effects of neoliberalism on indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color in the United States and Mexico.
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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.