PIkajiraa suma in 2020
A virtual INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL originated IN NEW YORK CITY connecting north and south children and scholars.
from INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S day to Native american heritage month:
OCTOBER 12th to november 15th.
Our artistic festival was postponed to march 2021!
Pikajiraa suma 2020 (Wayuu Resilience) An Indigenous Festival is made possible with public funds from the national endowment of the arts, NEA and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan cultural council, LMCC
A regenerative local and international swap or trueque of Indigenous art and academic exchange, a space FOR intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue TO comprise, to expose and explore different forms of decolonization AND to re-build the concepts of indigeneity, history and power.
Pikajiraa Süma means Wayuu Resilience honoring the Wayuu people located in the north of Colombia and Venezuela in South America.
Pikajiraa Suma 2020 is the second version of an Indigenous Festival organized by Coopdanza, Inc. In 2016. ECSP: Eagle/Condor/Swap/Program, created in partnership with the Anthropology Department of the John Jay College, CUNY and supported by theAdvance Research Collaborative Institute at the Graduate Center, The Doctorate Student Council and the Colombian Students Group of the City University of New York, CUNY and the Queens Council for the Arts.
This festival will be inspired by the tragedy of the Wayúu Indigenous Communities in La Wajiira which still resist the Colombian government and a very powerful extractive transnational corporation.
(See above attached PDF document of framework on Wayuu situation).
This festival will be a platform of denouncing extractive practices in North and South America. For more than a year we have been connecting trough CLACS with scholars from different campuses working and researching about extractive practices, gender perspectives and youth issues on Indigenous territories.
Our Festival in 2020 Is a two-part International Exchange of Cultures and Expressions from the North and the South, the first part will be a Children's International Contest that will be held virtually from September to October 2020.
In November we will feature a a spotlight and exchange of scholars representing Indigenous peoples from North and South America, with discussions, forums, films and documentaries about human rights and extractive policies of corporations at Indian territories, in partnership with the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at CUNY and NYU and the Anthropology Department of John Jay College at the City University of New York (CUNY).
The second part will be a live public attendance event, an Indigenous Exchange of the Arts, in New York City hopefully in March 2021.
The Children's Festival will provide a venue for culture/artistic exchanges between Indigenous children of the United States and Colombia along with a virtual audience from both countries and around the world. This is an opportunity for children to showcase their artistic expressions in these times of sheltering from the pandemic. Using social networks, tribal communities, Native organizations, urban Indigenous voices, and other channels, inspired on the social distancing powwows we will provide a safe space and an interactive digital platform to bring a sense of normality to children, to learn from each other’s cultures and specially to educate everyone in these desperate times. Participants will build a virtual fan base to reach out to their communities and people all over the globe. In addition, we will introduce the public to Indigenous issues
throughout the Americas.