On Sunday, November 27, 2016 a first-ever online international floricanto was held in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock. Poets and artists from the broader MeXicanx community participated in live and virtual events, which helped raise awareness about Standing Rock and the importance of indigenous Xicanx identity and culture. Events were held in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas and recorded live online with artists from Los Angeles, McAllen, and Guadalajara, Mexico. The online event was a “rascuacha tech” production by Xica Media.
From the FB event page:
Join us for a national floricanto in solidarity with #NoDAPL and Standing Rock!
Sunday, November 27 is a day of action in solidarity with #NoDAPL and the Standing Rock reservation and the greater Xicanx/Mexicanx community is invited to participate!
Poets, artists in action, danzantes, warriors, fire keepers, water carriers, and cultural workers to join the national day of action by organizing a floricanto event in their community to raise awareness and show solidarity with #NoDAPL and the water protectors at Standing Rock.
WHY A FLORICANTO? Floricantos are derived from the Nahua concept of “In Xochitl In Cuicatl” (in flower and song) which speaks to our ancestral wisdom, reminding us of the way we should walk with the earth and our relations.
In modern times, “floricantos” are what many in our community consider to be sacred, safe spaces where music, art, and poetry can be shared, weaving community, trust, and awareness of the issues we face individually and collectively.
The intention for the national day of floricanto is to engage in a simultaneous community conversation and connect with other floricantos happening across the country in solidarity with the water and our relatives at Standing Rock.
This call to action also aims to serve as a building block to work towards actually convening a national gathering in the near future.
Below is a video archive of this historic event along with links to the videos streamed during the event (and others.)
Links to support the participating artists (live and post-show):
- Acaxochitl Cavazos
- Celeste De Luna
- Felicia (Fe) Montes
- Iris Rodriguez
- Israel Haros Lopez
- Juan Axixic Huehuecoyotl
- Tribal Nations Maps (Aaron Capella)
Links to upcoming related events :
Nov 28 – Dec 1 | Prayer And Fast In Support of the Water Protectors of Standing Rock
Month of December | Every day in December is a #NoDAPL day of action
How you can help the Sacred Stone camp: http://sacredstonecamp.org/faq/#howtohelp
Help setup the Ayoyotes On The Ground camp for danzantes and their families
Video of online floricanto:
Videos streamed during event + participating artists: