Rooting our movements in ancestral wisdom
Detroit-rooted, international activist and healer Charity Hicks first issued the call to “wage love” in the ongoing fight against water shutoffs in Detroit. Since then, this call has evolved into a consciousness. “Wage Love” encompasses the many ways Detroit communities transform state-sanctioned violence and structural racism into action that builds beloved community and deepens connections. Our movements are rooted in ancestral wisdom, materials and practices that precede empire and fascism. Through this track, we will draw from our sense of ancestry and indigeneity, either as Native peoples of Turtle Island or as ancestrally rooted people within diaspora. We will learn how different forms of ancestral practices, improvisational ceremony, healing and resistance are being reclaimed and applied to liberate and uplift our movements and spirits.
Coordinators of this track are Shane Bernardo, Bryce Detroit, Sacramento Knoxx, Christy Bieber, and Will Copeland.
Call for Participation
The Wage Love Track is inviting sessions that inspire us to draw from our sense of ancestry and indigeneity either as Native peoples of Turtle Island or as ancestrally rooted people within diaspora. Through sharing ancestral technologies around ceremony, ritual, dance, drumming, call and response practices, symbolism/iconography, somatics practices, vision quests, creation stories, indigenous tattoo traditions, cultural foodways, rites of passage traditions, weaving arts, storytelling, skill sharing, and strategy sessions, we look to infuse our moment building and organizing work with the strength, wisdom and creativity that we have inherited and embody as living ancestors.