Arrivals Matrix

Arrivals Legacy Values Matrix

ARRIVALS LEGACY VALUES MATRIX

Through Arrivals we draw on our individual and collective ancestries and journey towards arriving at the dis/re/covery of root cultural practices as a creative storehouse for cultural production.

This matrix invites you to consider the Arrivals Legacy values (Ancestrality, Communality and Adpatation or Affirmation) mapped against the building blocks for interdisciplinary creation (mind, body, voice/breath and spirit).

These values were derived from Caribbean writer, artist and scholar Rawle Gibbons' conceit that there are three governing aesthetic values that drive the creative production of African and African diasporic literary and performance works. Founder Diane Roberts, builds on this original conceit, adapting it to incorporate knowledges inspired by Indigenous and African ontological frameworks. This matrix is ever evolving as the questions and quotes shift. 

 

 


ANCESTRALITY: Kinship & Autonomy


COMMUNALITY:
Reciprocity & Reflexivity

ADAPTATION/AFFIRMATION
Truth & Responsibility


MIND


Since Indigeneity is linked to water land and all living things—how do we change the language of ownership? Or our own sense of rootedness?


How do we anticipate, meet and respond with integrity in an ever-changing environment?


How do we negotiate deeper truths that go beyond our mind’s telling?

 

 

“…without underestimating the importance of positive contributions from the oppressors’ culture and other cultures, [we must] return to the upward paths of [our] own culture”

Amilcar Cabral

 

“People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.”

Chinua Achebe

“Thought draws the imaginary of the past: a knowledge becoming. One cannot stop it to assess it nor isolate it to transmit it. It is sharing one can never not retain, nor ever, in standing still, boast about.”

― Edouard Glissant

 

 

ANCESTRALITY:
Kinship & Autonomy

COMMUNALITY:
Reciprocity & Reflexivity

ADAPTATION/AFFIRMATION
Truth & Responsibility

BODY

 

 

 

 

How do we remain responsive to the stories and people who have helped shape us, while still maintaining our autonomy?

How do we come to learn, recieve and understand, through opacity, the cultures that hold us in a shared reality?

How do we hold the influence of our root culture up against our modern reality in the same hand, elbow, hip, lip tongue…?

 

“On behalf of past generations the body mediates fleshing out the shadows of ghosts soft songs lurk sometimes so soft—a silence wails and the trumpet of words brings down the Jerichoed walls of silence”

M. NourbeSe Philip

“We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. If we sell you our land, care for it as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land and the air and the rivers for your children’s children and love it as we have loved it.”

Paul Chaat Smith

“From within this bright womb I can spiral out into the world again to reconceive of place. I can stretch time. I can erase the artifice of separation that divides today from yesterday and yesterday from tomorrow. In this place all time is the same time. In this place images speak reality, paint truth in believable pictures.”

Lee Maracle

 

 

ANCESTRALITY:
Kinship & Autonomy

COMMUNALITY:
Reciprocity & Reflexivity

ADAPTATION/AFFIRMATION:
Truth & Responsibility

VOICE/

BREATH

 

 

How do we root out, discover and confidently express our natural voice in our unique body, mind, spirit?

 

How do we uncover the powerful potential in collective voice and sounding? Where do i place my voice and find my breath in relation to and across traditions?

What are processes that arise in us with respect to using our own indigenous language and the language of the other? How do we reverse our relationship to other?

 

 

 

“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”

Toni Morrison

“Listen more often to things than to beings
Listen more often to things than to beings
Tis' the ancestors' breath
When the fire's voice is heard
Tis' the ancestor's breath
In the voice of the waters…”

Sweet Honey in the Rock

“I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent's tongue - my woman's voice, my sexual voice, my poet's voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.”


Gloria E. Anzaldúa

 

 

ANCESTRALITY:
Kinship & Autonomy

COMMUNALITY:
Reciprocity & Reflexivity

ADAPTATION/AFFIRMATION:
Truth & Responsibility

SPIRIT

 

 

Drawing on the spirit of our ancestors and the shared world, how do we access the values, rites and ceremonies that ground us in our root cultural practices?

 

From where do we source and/or create our own rituals? How and when are these shared?

 

How do we hold and carry the responsibility of silence(s) as we recover, share and exchange our root cultural practices and ways of knowing?

 

 

The circle of the dance is a permissive circle: it protects and permits.

Frantz Fanon

At certain times on certain days, men and women come together at a given place, and there, under the solemn eye of the tribe, fling themselves into a seemingly unorganized pantomime, which is in reality extremely systematic…

Frantz Fanon

…by various means-- shakes of the head, bending of the spinal column, throwing of the whole body backward -may be deciphered as in an open book the huge effort of a community to exorcise itself, to liberate itself, to explain itself.

Frantz Fanon