American Multicultural Studies Professor Leny Mendoza Strobel is organizing the Center for Babaylan Studies’ third International Babaylan Conference in Vancouver, BC, Sept. 23-25. The theme of this year’s conference is “Makasaysayang Pagtatagpo (Historic Encounter): Filipinos and Indigenous Turtle Islanders Revitalizing Ancestral Traditions Together.”
The Center for Babaylan Studies focuses on Filipino indigenous knowledge systems and practices with specific focus on Babaylan discourse and Sikolohiyang Pilipino (Filipino psychology). The Center’s mission is to connect with resources and to facilitate the relevance, cultivation and promotion of Filipino indigenous wisdom in an age of globalization.
This year’s conference follows the thread of re-indigenization by looking at the histories of colonial migration within the larger context of settler colonialism, and what the presence as settlers on native lands means for building just relationships with our native relatives. This conference takes place every three years.
The conference will include workshops, creative performances, ritual and ceremony, and educational opportunities to learn and connect with one another. Artists and cultural stakeholders will lead participants through different mediums of learning to reflect and share stories, ideas, and experiences that honor their indigenous roots, histories and legacies.
In recognition of the centuries of encounters and interrelationships between Filipinos and Native peoples in the United States and Canada, the Center strives to make these interconnections visible. “Our vision is to be able to find common ground and mutually-edifying partnerships as we struggle to decolonize and recover a greater intactness in our relationship with the land and ancestral traditions within our respective communities and histories,” says the Center. “We share the hope of being able to learn what it means to live justly with all our relations and our goal is to be able to bring indigenous knowledge and practices from the Philippine homeland as part of that vision.”
For information, visit the Center for Babaylan Studies.