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Boyle Heights, CA
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MATAO is an emergent identity/method for indigenizing creativity and creatively indigenizing one's self.  MATAO represents the forgotten/remembered name of ancestors and their ways of thinking/being. In many indigenous languages, the names we have been given reflect our humanity and our human values of compassion, respect, and love for life itself.

In this workshop, MATAO (Chamorro) movement, song, language, ritual practices and the journey to recover/restore/restory  them serve as a vessel for participants to relate to their lands, ancestors, and language.

MATAO draws from the wisdom of the Diaspora experience to craft a unique process of contemporary indigenous creativity that serves our collective Spiritual Sovereignty.



DÅKOT-TA ALCANTARA-CAMACHO grounds their creativity in ancestral life ways. Born and raised in Coast Salish Territory, Dåkot-ta's work weaves knowing from both their bloodlines and the diverse lineages that inform Dåkot-ta's indigenizing journey.

Personal genealogical research has led them to founding MATAO -  creative practice research vessel restoring embodied indigenous knowing. MATAO develops strategies for individuals to feel in connection with and empowered by their ancestors, lands, and languages.

Dåkot-ta's work spans the realms of ritual activation, performance art, installation, contemporary indigenous movement, and cultural responsibility.

The work aims to proliferate inafa'maolek -- unifying human consciousness with the natural world, restoring balance with the elements, and living with life force.


This workshop is part of the WHERE WE STAND Workshop Series.

WHERE WE STAND creates a platform for people to learn from Pacific Island and Pilipinx practitioners whose embodied work balances traditional and contemporary, and highlights cultural significances of various communal places upon Tongva lands, a.k.a Los Angeles.

Each workshop introduces concepts that the artist facilitators are working through to create original short works that will culminate in a performance at the Torrance Cultural Arts Centers James Armstrong Theater on March 22, 2019.  

WHERE WE STAND pays respect to the Tongva, Chumash, and Tataviam peoples of where we call Los Angeles. We acknowledge that our work is situated on Tongva land.

Pre-sale per workshop: $20
At the door: $25
Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Special price entry for all 5 monthly workshops: $90
Must register by November 15, 2018 by emailing

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This work is made possible through the Social Practice Art (SPArt) project of Fulcrum Arts Emerge fiscal sponsorship program.
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Self Help Graphics (View)
1300 East First Street
Boyle Heights, CA 90033
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

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