Our opening question this morning was adopted from Xicana activist-artist Melanie Cervantes from California. We took turns answering,“What message do you want to share with your future ancestor?” Whether a few of us want to have children or not it was very important to us to have our memory and message of empowerment to our future ancestors.
We then, split up into two working groups, one to focus on developing our research questions from the previous session and group to catch up with the previous workshop.
Below are more topics and themes we are interested in researching and questions to ask our own families:
Internalized Racism: “My grandfather distanced himself from Latinx identifiers, assimilation and growing up in a white neighborhood.
Conflict with Catholicism and finding a new religion (decolonization) Finding a religion that better caters to my experience and allows me to have agency and power with my connection to spirituality in an autonomous way. I wanted to praise someone who looks like me, a strong woman like Yemaya is more practical for my daily life and spiritual practice.
Colombian: Repression of Colombian identity? Wanting to know my Colombian family more.
Religious Syncretism- How can we deepen our spirituality?
Dad’s father: Mexican, grandmother (Guatemalan) came thru Mexico interviewing “tita”
Mental Illness: Understanding a traumatic family history, my own healing, ending cycles of violence, empathy for history of family violence.
Formalized Education: Education in the US and POC, how did we get to the dropout rate crisis? *Most educated population are black women. Taking education in our own hands.
Grandparents lives: Grandfather was a POW WII and wanting to learn more about his own experience. Grandmother was she “Texan” or “Mexican” (or Cuban or Spanish) she was a sex worker? First child was kidnapped and could be a Gypsy?
Wanting to return home: Understanding more deeply where my family is from and what legacies have Taino culture has left behind? What can I do to help the island after hurricane Maria?