Much of our lives have felt defined by an experience of not knowing where we belong.
We have a strong commitment to anti-racism and we want to bring that into how we socially locate.
Can you relate?
My name is Karine...
My ancestral roots reach back to the African continent (Ghana/Ivory Coast/Nigeria), Ashkenazi Germany and England/Wales and Turtle Island (unenrolled and distant), I also hold that complexity in my body with both colonizer and colonized aspects, and experiences of what Chicana feminist and scholar, Globia Anzaldúa, calls nepantla. Nepantla is a Nahuatl word she uses to describe the liminal space between worlds and the bridges that represent “thresholds to other realities”.
My name is Leticia...
My father’s people are from Veracruz and my mother’s people are from Puebla, where I was born, in Mexico. The range of racialization within my family is wide and conversations about identity tended to wrap around National identity above frank discussions about race.
My ancestral roots include both indigenous exploitation and genocide by colonizers. How these tensions live in the body, sometimes named meztizaje, is complex and potentiated. The sense I now make is that colonization failed to extinguish those it sought to eradicate. The saying, ‘they tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds’, is a poetic way to work with this durable survivance.
The unsettled nature of identity this can generate has been a powerful agitator and psychic activator in my life.
Our focus will be on the live sessions together that will be interactive and exploratory, and you will always be free to move at your own rhythm and speed. As for any supplementary materials, we will likely offer some suggestions, but none will be required, and they will be there primarily to support your own exploration as/when you would like to engage them.
Absolutely. We’ll send you details for where to access the members dashboard and include information there you need to know to get ready for the next workshop. We'll also provide support for where to start during your time with us. We send weekly emails providing an overview of what's coming up, too, so you won't miss anything.
This experience will really rest on the live interactive sessions we are in together. However, we will provide a recording. The personal shares and reflections from other participants will be edited out of it for important reasons related to vulnerability and consent. What we will be able to share then are any teaching/sharing portions from Leticia and Karine. We will also share are any reflections/practices/resources that we provide the group.
This initial offering is focused on racialized experiences for those within North America (Canada, United States and Mexico). This was intentional because we wish to both acknowledge and honor the differences in ways racialization has operated globally. We are planning to offer an iteration of this specifically for people in other regions of the world. If you are on the Rooted email list, we will send more information out when we have it.
Thank you for this very layered question - it sparks a lot of thought. What I think we would say at this point (subject to change) is that this offering is specifically for bodies of culture (people of color) with mixed ancestry. That said, there will likely be people in the space who appear more or less bi/multicultural and we are making room for that. I hope that is helpful - there are a lot of layers to what we're wishing to explore here.
We appreciate the questions coming in for this offering, because it is already a space focused on the ambiguity inherent to our experience as folks who identify as bi/multicultural, and we're exploring the nebulousness of that experience. That said, our focus for this first iteration will be on bi/multicultural folks who identify as BIBOC (and Jewish folks identifying this way are very welcome).