“open your heart, close your mouth”–Matsini
As we prepare to journey into the Yawanawa territory, we as a team have been contemplating how we can show up in respectful and attuned ways.
From our explorations, we’ve arrived at a few guiding intentions for co-creating a generative space where we are all safe to celebrate each other.
Before entering the Yawanawa territory we’ve found it helpful to practice tracking the ways that colonial power structures live within us. Our aim is to bring these patterns into awareness without shame, in the spirit of discovery and openness.
We’ve explored resources that have helped us find a more connected humility, and to notice how the collective traumas of our society shows up in our bodies and beliefs. And we’d like to share these resources and guidelines with you:
We ask that everyone read this resource summarizing characteristics and antidotes to white supremacy culture.
We suggest reflecting on two key principles of “Listen” and “Learn” in preparation for this journey and for your time with the Yawanawa.