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About the Webinar:

One of the questions we grapple with as settlers on stolen native lands is how we engage ritual cross-culturally, with protocol, with our Ancestors behind us and future generations before us.  The Center for Babaylan Studies offers a webinar led by Sobey Wing to explore the following themes:

  • The Loss of Indigenous Ritual Practices both in the Philippine homeland and in the diasporas
  • Pre-colonial Rituals of Transition 
  • The Regeneration of indigenous Practices amongst:
    • Indigenous Peoples
    • Lowlanders
    • Diasporic communities
  • The relevance and possibilities of initiatory rites that form solidarity economics, relationships (kinship-based, nature, cosmos related), and legacies.


About the Facilitator:

SOBEY WING is the president of Kathara Society, a Pilipino Indigenous Arts Society located in the Unceded Coast Salish Territories also known as Vancouver, BC. He is also a consultant and facilitator of the Cross Cultural Protocols Working Group of Youth Passageways -- a global organization,supporting healthy passage of today’s young people into mature adulthood. He is also founder and moderator of Decolonize Consciousness Forum on Facebook and of multiple other groups. 

Sobey’s Statement:  As an organizer and presenter at the  International Babaylan Conference held in the Unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver, Canada in 2016,  I seek to bring to the upcoming 4th International Babaylan Conference an analysis, discussion, and mobilization of resources towards the work of decolonization and indigenizing among diasporic Filipinos as unwitting settlers on stolen native lands. 

Engaging Ancestral-Based Ritual on Stolen Land

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