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Line-up includes poetry, drag, and art at first-ever Asdzaa resistDANCE event Aug. 2
A celebratory dance party mixed with poetry, drag, art, and local eats will make its inaugural appearance Friday, Aug. 2, at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore.
Presented by Grownup Navajo, the Asdzaa resistDANCE event seeks to uplift and affirm the fierce magic of womxn* in a safe space that nourishes radical community building.
“With this gathering, we hope to create a space to center and celebrate Indigenous/Black/Brown/womxn of color,” said Jaclyn Roessel (Diné), founder of Grownup Navajo, an organization dedicated to integrating Native American and Navajo teachings, perspectives, into museums, nonprofits and other arts and culture organizations.
“Grownup Navajo believes in the collective power of womxn, and we want this dance party to be a place for all womxn, their supporters, and accomplices to engage with each other in the Diné philosophy of K’é, or kinship and communityship,” Roessel said. “It will be our beautiful resistance to the pervasiveness of the white supremist heteropatriarchy.”
Local DJ aw.dre will entertain alongside Diné poet Amber McCrary and award winning Lakota storyteller Taté Walker. Notabove Jewelry and La Bohemia will showcase their locally crafted wares and treats alongside other artists and vendors. A drag performance featuring local performer Dago Bailon is also planned.
The cover charge is a suggested donation of $10; a portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Reproductive Equity Arizona, a womxn-led nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice for families and communities throughout Arizona. More information can be found at www.reproequityaz.org.
For more information about the event, including a full line-up of artists and vendors, as well as more information about Grownup Navajo, visit grownupnavajo.com. For information about the venue, visit www.palabrasbookstore.com.
*“Womxn” is an intentionally used alternative spelling that rejects heteropatriarchy in language by removing “men” as the root of “women” and is inclusive of Two Spirits, trans womxn, female-assigned genderqueer/gender non-conforming people, and cisgender womxn.