Kallpay Warmi, is Quechua for “Strong / Courageous women” an annual event focused on the expression, revitalization , and preservation of our indigenous identity and culture through art, music and dance.
The purpose of “Kallpay warmi” is to honor and celebrate Indigenous women and our own indigenous identity. The majority of urban indigenous youth do not identify as indigenous ( but since participating in our events and programs we have seen a massive shift in these numbers) and due to so many generations of discrimination, marginalization, oppression, racism and violence respecting, honoring and identifying with ones indigenous identity in the city is a challenge which Saphichay tirelessly works on transforming.
Several artists, musicians, dancers, story tellers come together to present their art and their directly aligned with Kallpay Warmi’s vision and focus throughout the day. Along with their presence and gift of art and expression we invite indigenous women and community members to come and share with our urban native youth the struggles of their frontline resistance.
2016 & 2017 our theme was “Our Indigenous Identity”
In 2018 the theme was “Territory & Identity” this theme invited native communities to come and talk about how they are defending their territories from extractive industries from a legal and a community based organizational point of view. This allowed for our native urban youth to see the reality of how our native communities have to defend and resist modern colonization.
In 2019 our theme was “Native languages in resistance & Identity” this theme allowed for our native urban community to learn about how out of our 48 native languages 22 are in danger of extinction and allowed for the public to meet and hear people whom speak these languages and represent these communities that’s languages are in danger. This was an important experience in fortifying the awareness and appreciation for our linguistic and cultural diversity.
We are projecting our 2020 theme to be “United for a true independence” This theme will invite native communities to come and share how they are working towards or how they have achieved sovereignty within the legal framework of the country they are in. The purpose of this theme is to exemplify that true independence is possible and something we can achieve together.
The purpose is to create solidarity between our rural and urban indigenous communities.
We also have a whole component of workshops where participants get to learn from representatives from different indigenous communities that are there to share, express, and teach aspects of their indigenous identity and practices to all who come to the event.
ACTIVITIES AND EXPOSITIONS INCLUDE
- Workshops on: Dance, native language (Wanca and many others ), storytelling, native seeds and foods in danger of extinction, seed saving, silk-screening as a tool to share community needs, traditional weaving, traditional dying, etc.
- Live painting
- Area of gastronomy where members of the community speak on:– Specific dishes and selling of food– Conservation of native seeds– Native potatoes
- Photography gallery
- Build awareness of self-pride and acceptance of indigenous identity
- Bring awareness to internalized racism and the other forms it comes in
- Promote self-love and respect for others
- Build bridges of solidarity between urban and rural indigenous communities
- Create a safe and accessible space to promote art and culture with the intention of sharing and learning
- Reclaim public spaces with murals that reflect the diversity and beauty of our people and cultures
Kallpay Warmi 2019
Kallpay Warmi 2018
Kallpay warmi 2017
Kallpay Warmi 2016
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