Sat, May 30 | Zoom

Intergenerational Liberation in the Time of Decolonization | A Diasporic Elders Circle

We are excited to announce our culminating event for Ginhawa. Where we will humbly circle with our Diasporic elders, who laid down roots of CfBS and paved the path for our many walks of Decolonization. This talk will be one of deep reflection and interconnection where we can rise with our elders in
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May 30, 2020, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

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We are excited to announce our culminating event for Ginhawa. Where we will humbly circle with our Diasporic elders, who laid down roots of CfBS and paved the path for our many walks of Decolonization. This talk will be one of deep reflection and interconnection where we can rise with our elders in their re-meberings of their decolonial work and walk throughout their lives offering lessons, stories and visions for the future.⁣ ⁣ Join us for this closing gathering at the end of this month of Ginhawa!


𝐋𝐞𝐧𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐥⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯: Pampanga, Central Luzon⁣ 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: Ayta; Pomo/Coast Miwok ⁣

Professor Emeritus, American Multicultural Studies, Sonoma State University. Founding Director of CfBS. You can check her out here:

𝐎𝐦𝐞𝐡𝐫𝐚 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐡𝐧𝐞⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯: Iloilo, Panay Is. and Bacolod, Negros Is., Visayan ⁣ 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: Tonkawa, Central Texas ⁣

Omehra Sigahne (Perla Daly), a mother of three young men, is a cultural activist who has collaborated with artists, healers, scholars and feminist leaders around the world through digital art, poetry, painting, online discussion & web publications. She works to promote the universal wisdom and beauty found within Philippine tradition, cultures and identities through baybayin, blogging (, art and writing, cyber-representation, community gatherings, mentoring and creative coaching. She founded the first online community for and by Filipinas in 1998, chaired the Filipino American Women’s Network FAWN2005 conference ( inspired by Teacher, Healer, Visionary/Sage, Warrior and Priestess (, and is the creatrix of the Babaylan Mandalas,,, and a social media campaign for the conscious practice of Bahala Na for the 21st Century. 

𝐋𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚 𝐋𝐚𝐲𝐬𝐨𝐧⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯: Iloilo, Panay - Ilongo and Tacloban, Leyte - Waray⁣ 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: Gabrielino Tongva - Sherman Oaks, CA ⁣

Letecia Layson is a Filipina, Feminist, Futurist, Priestess of Morphogenesis (Form Coming Into Being), High Priestess of Diana; Priestess Hierophant in FOI/TOI-LA. Letecia is one of the founding Mothers of the Center for Babaylan Studies; a member of International Feminists for Gift Economy, Modern Matriarchal Studies Network

𝐋𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐳𝐚⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯: Pampanga, Central Luzon⁣ 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: Home of the Ayta Peoples ⁣

Professor of Culture & Communication, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, trained in critical intercultural communication, a theorist of the indigenization movement in the Philippines and in the Turtle Island diaspora, current CfBS Director, author of Between the Homeland and the Diaspora: The Politics of Theorizing Filipino and Filipino American Identities and lead editor of Back from the Crocodile's Belly: Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory (with Leny Strobel); winner of numerous distinguished scholarship awards, including Distinguished Alumnus and Glory Medal of Distinction awards from the University of the Philippines; and blessed partner to professor/activist/scholar/poet, Jim Perkinson. 

𝐋𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯: Northern Cebu, Philippine⁣ 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: Ohlone ⁣

Lizae Cervantes Reyes was born in the beautiful island of Northern Cebu, Philippines and grew up in Metro Manila. She has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over forty years. She is a certified sound and music healing practitioner from the California Institute of Integral Studies and studied with practitioners in the field of Integrative Medicine at the Institute for Health and Healing in Marin, with focus on Healing Harp. She plays Harp to offer comfort, inspiration and calm at the bedside of patients and meditation circles. She draws Inspiration from Ancestral memories and Ancient ways of story-telling. As a multi-modality artist and Ritualist, she uses dance, Myth, storytelling and poetry as a way to create sacred space for healing. As a student of Indigenous Wisdom, she continuously travels to the Philippines to gain deep insights about her Indigenous roots. She appreciates learning from Filipino Elders and Healers. For over 35 years, Lizae has facilitated multi-level classrooms starting from Pre-K up to middle school utilizing an Earth-based program among other approaches and says that children and youth are her main teachers. She is quoted in saying that the time is ripe for a great need to develop greater consciousness of relating to self in the other. Her work is rooted in what she calls the Journey to Wholeness, where she recognizes everyone as co-journeyers and offers a quiet announcement to help open the inner doors, and to go even further...creating a swirling mass with no separations.

𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐚 𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐮𝐚𝐧⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯: Cagayan Valley, Northern Philippines⁣ 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: Tewa Pueblo People of Espanola & Santa Fe, New Mexico ⁣ ⁣Itawes native born from an Itawes father and an Ilocano mother, nurtured by the river and the mountains of the North, and the mythical creatures whose stories were whispered through the winds, in the leaves of bamboo trees, in rock and stone imprints, and in the eternal smile of a hundred thousand stars.  These stories sustained her through an East-West journey, eventually coming full circle as she settled in the valley home of Espanola, New Mexico.  She is presently practicing as an expressive arts therapist serving indigenous populations at Santa Fe, New Mexico's Institute of American Indian Arts.

𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝗪𝐢𝐥𝐤𝐞𝐧⁣ 𝘈𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯: Apayao & Ilokano⁣ 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: Southern Paiute and Hualapai, Las Vegas, NV

Lane Wilcken is a scholar, cultural tattoo practitioner and advocate for the the critically endangered practice of "batok" or cultural tattoos of the Philippines. He also has studied other related indigenous traditions of the Philippines and greater Pacific with nearly three decades of research and experience. His mother is from the Philippines and his father is of English and Scandinavian descent. Lane is the author of "Filipino Tattoos Ancient to Modern" -and- "The Forgotten Children of Maui." He is also a contributing writer to "Back from the Crocodile's Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory" and "Shamanic Transformations: True Stories of the Moment of Awakening," as well as several articles for various magazines and journals

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