Culture does not exist ‘out there’; it is in and through our bodies that it’s created and recreated, and often taken-for-granted as simply being the waters we swim in. It’s in the murky and mysterious edges of the borderland spaces that we harness our creativity and imagination to re-world together - that is, to create new culture.
The etymology of the word “culture” is ‘growing, cultivation’; meaning it’s in the experiences we have personally and communally - that we then repeat - that become the cultivation of future worlds.
Rooted takes an anti-colonial approach and seeks to de-center dominant narratives to make space for ‘many worlds’. This isn’t about recreating a pristine and romanticized past but navigating the terrain of the new in ways that support and sustain us.
One framework we use that supports us in the creation of new culture - is Somatic Abolitionism. This is not a human invention. It is the process of resourcing energies that are always present within one’s body, the collective body, and the world. For more on what that is - visit our sister projects page right here.
“ Do not pray exclusively to the ancestors of the land; make room also for the spirits of the fault line, the new gods that scream through cracks with the first musical notes of worlds to come”
- Bayo Akomolafe