Introducing our Workshop Series: Cultivating Indigenous Resistance
Pueblo Action Alliance is now offering five tailored workshops that are meant to help our Pueblo communities, indigenous relatives and non-indigenous allies to better strengthen our resiliency. A Cultivating Indigenous Resistance Training, A Pueblo-Centric Organizing Workshop, A How to be a Good Ally Workshop, A Fracking 101 Training, and An Expressive Arts Writing Workshop.
Cultivating Indigenous Resistance: This workshop is an indigenized training that addresses the “Cycles of Oppression” model which helps our relatives understand how colonization and colonialism has created historical and present traumas to indigenous people but on how we have addressed oppression and trauma through Indigenous Resistance. This workshop allows a spiritual and historical walk through history, highlighting different times and places we have remained resistant and resilient in the attempt to destroy our traditional and ancestral lifeways. We have our relatives give examples of how indigenous people have experiences the four I’s within the Cycles of Oppression model; these experiences are either personal or shared experiences which also addresses and brings forth the historical and present trauma that we may internalize. While these are often personal and difficult conversations, we want our relatives to see how indigenous people and our indigenous knowledge based systems are the solutions to end crises like climate change, colonized diets, lateral violence, language and culture loss, depression and suicide and captialism. WE ARE THE SOLUTIONS. With that we end our training with a traditional Peace Circle to also bring forth indigenous healing processes to end cycles of oppression. This Peace Circle is to create a sacred space where we are safely sharing our traditional core values and how they help us in the work we do today. Throughout the workshops entirety, there is emphasis on the deep healing that is severely needed in our communities; colonization has attempted to sever our indigenous traditional lifeways to then sever our healing processes. Through this workshop we will allow time for reflection and provide next steps to continue the work with us.
Pueblo-centric Organizing: This workshop is about our Pueblo Action Alliance’s “Principles of Action” framework. We show how each principle helps us achieve our mission, how each principle translates to everyday experiences, and how other organizations and workspaces can bring their culture into work environments. We aim to help ways of thinking to then create systems that are actually meant for indigenous people. We often find that we have work experiences were our cultures and traditions are misunderstood and as an environmental justice organization that advocates for the voice of Pueblo communities and tribal consent we provide our definition of what “Direct Action, Civic Action and Ceremonial Action” accomplishes in our work. Each of the principles of action has a purpose in our movement. Overall, this workshop provides toolkits for participants to incorporate their own cultural perspectives into their own organizing spaces. Simply put, we bring relatives into our worldview and give the opportunity to see and view the work through Pueblo eyes and as always allow time for reflection and questions.
Direct Action : By practicing prayer and traditional ways of life we perpetuate preservation of indigenous and traditional integrity. Through this form of action, we are resisting environmental and social injustices inflicted on indigenous people and the land they tend to.
Civic Action : The participation of indigenous peoples and allies to identify the concerns and impacts that directly affect our lands. Through civic action we unify to implement change through policy and practice.
Ceremonial Action : Utilizing public forms of peaceful demonstrations/protests to achieve the mission of PAA.
How to be a Good Ally: Pueblo Action Alliance has seen the need for a workshop to help non-indigenous folks to identify, respect, and follow protocols in certain spaces when it comes to organizing and movement building. Here participants are encouraged to open up dialogue and ask questions as to how does one even begin to approach wanting to help an Indigenous led movement. Indigenous people have been left out of many conversations and actions especially when it comes to climate, environmental, economic and social justice. This workshop consists of diving into the “Principles of Accountability,” also discussing and defining the “Jemez Principles of Organizing,” but also our definition of what it means to be a good ally. We explore how those accountability models fit into different Indigenous Nations and their specific communities. Ultimately, the workshop is designed in basic a “Know your Role” mentality which is and should always be at the forefront. It’s a baseline that will help any ally truly live up to the name “ally” and engage with Indigenous folks. We follow the ideology that folks should follow the ones who have been the first to get hurt which is mainly indigenous people and people and color.
Fracking 101: What is “fracking?” This workshop is designed to provide an understanding of the history of oil and gas in New Mexico and how it has affected indigenous people and people of color. Participants will be taken through a timeline of extractive industry, learn the ways in which the industry “fracks;” where they frack, why they frack and how they frack. Also bringing to light the water resources issues to related to fracking operations and how entire watersheds are at risk whether that’s by water, air, and soil pollution. We address that all the realms of water, air and soil are integrated systems and that the health of the land, water and air reflects the health of the people and non-human relatives. Participants are given the resources to stay engaged with ongoing crusades of oil and gas industry and how it affects the Greater Chaco Region and beyond.
An Expressive Arts Writing Workshop: This workshop is designed to teach “Hip Hop Philosophy” and spiritualism and how it correlates to a Pueblo Way of Life; drawing the connection between “Hip Hop Elements” and “Spiritual Law,” the workshop offers tools and writing techniques in all aspects of poetry, spoken word, and Hip-Hop lyrics. Tools for healing while emphasizing voice. Reclaiming that voice through healthy expression and allowing space for dialogue to take place.
Chaco Canyon Community Forums : Protecting our Cultural Landscapes.
Forums are designed to bring awareness of fracking in the Greater Chaco Region. The premise of having a community forum is to a create space for healthy dialogue and sharing of personal stories. People power is built from gaining awareness and the tools to get involved. Community forums are organized upon request or during times where awareness and public participation is needed.