A #DIGNITYINPROCESS B l a c k D r e a m i n g E x o d u s
A Queer Afro-Indigenous folktale conjured through an interdisciplinary land-responsive performance ritual series igniting a movement of Ring Shout artivism and QTPOC land reclamation!
listen to the land
gather ancestral stories
embody Ring Shout folk medicine
ignite movements of QTPOC land reclamation!
The People Can Fly is an interdisciplinary four-year freedom ritual in the U.S. Gulf South that sets the foundation to reimagine movement organizing as we know it.It is inspired by an African American folktale describing the liberation of enslaved peoples who fly away from a plantation in a vertically spiraling Ring Shout. Afro-futurist movement scores and altar installations queer the traditional folktale, The People Can Fly, through a deconstructed investigation of the Ring Shout’s core elements: the moan (aka “the shout”), shufflin’/stompin’/steppin’, the counterclockwise circle, and the freedom call. This four-part series of land-responsive performance rituals takes place on sites of Afro-Indigenous resistance and collective memory. Collaborative organizing across movement intersections and Queer medicine communities culminate in a mass, public Ring Shout action—calling in a new kind of movement sustained by ancestral healing. This interdisciplinary artivist rites-of-passage reimagines organizing as we know it, to ignite collective bodies to take flight!
The People Can Fly culminates in the reclamation of ancestral land— a home, shout house, or station in an Afro-Futurist underground railroad where Queer/Trans/Gender-Nonconforming/Two Spirit medicine people-of-color can safely dream radical worlds of love and freedom into being.