1) Tell us something you learned about an indigenous community in your family’s state in Mexico, Puerto Rico or Colombia, Ecuador. Ideally close to where your family is from. Tell us something your learned about them from your family or from Wikipedia.
2) Bring an item (clothing, textiles, picture, clay figures, jewelry etc) that represents this group that you may have around your house. (Or take a pic of it if your parents won’t let you).
Share on these two points for about five minutes.
- Framing & big picture overview
- Review process and timeline
- Introduce Journey Guides
- Discuss ways we want to go on this journey together
- Introducing the ancient and ever-present power of storytelling
- Introduction to Genealogy
- Review the history of the creation and use of the concept of race
- Review the history of Latinxs in Chicago, specifically in the northwest side
- 11am Juliet & Violet: Welcome, Introductions and Icebreaker, Review Agenda
- 11:20 am Juliet/Violet: Group agreements to create Safe Space
- 11:35am David: Framing & big picture overview,
- 11:50am Working Lunch
- 12pm David: The ancient and ever-present power of storytelling in our personal lives, the lives of our community, our organizations and as a tool to heal racial wounds.
Followed by first Storytelling assignment – Construct a short 3-5 minute story about what you have learned of your ancestor’s journey so far.
- 1pm David: Interactive presentation on the history of the creation and use of the concept of race. Specifically the historical interconnectedness and impact of power and economics and racism on all people who reside(d) in America yesterday, and today.
First research and storytelling assignments: Consider the major social, economic and political conditions that shaped your ancestors’ decisions over the last 200 years.
- 2pm Kerry: Introduction to the Practice, Power, & Limitations of Genealogy
Question: What are your hopes for this process?
- Why We Do Genealogy?
- How We Do Genealogy?
- What sites are available to search for Latinx families?
- What genealogical records are available?
- What kind of information was included in these records?
- What do we learn from the records?
Check-in: How are you reacting to this process?
Genealogy Learning Outcomes
At the end of this project, you will know more about:
- The value of genealogy as a way to connect with the strengths of our ancestors
- How to search the major genealogy sites
- How to find and document your family history
- How to understand genealogical DNA test results
- How your family history is part of your story
3:30pm Jesse Mumm: Latinxs in Chicago: waves of migrations, racialized housing
practices, a history of displacement and recreating home
4:45pm Juliet/Violet: Closing PAR Questions:
- Jot down a few notes to yourself→ share in pairs→ Whole Group:What surprised you today?
- Jot down a few notes to yourself→ share in pairs→ What do you want to learn more about?