September 28, 2021 Slideshows » Arts + Scene

Migrations 

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Photo by Mark A. Larson
"Migrations: Walking Together" organizer Laura Muñoz welcomed partipants to the start of the event in the Creamery District and invited everyone to "walk together, sharing the experience of time, space, and the different cultures that find themselves in Goudi'ni." (Goudi'ni is the Wiyot word for the region now known as Arcata, meaning "Over in the Woods.")
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Dancer Rachel Noel filled her arms with donated shoes as she joined other dance-group members unloading hundreds of shoes from the bed of a pickup for their performance that began the Migrations procession.
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Members of the dance group began their Migrations performance when they arrived at the shoe installation area and looked for shoes that would fit their feet. Members included Melanie Zapper, Rachel Noel, Patty Yancey, Caroline Griffith, Cedar Spirit, Sara Kei Wegmuller, Anastasia Barron and Isabel Semler.
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The dance group that performed with shoes as a storytelling element at the start of the procession used the gravel road in the Creamery District as their stage. Members included Melanie Zapper, Rachel Noel, Patty Yancey, Caroline Griffith, Cedar Spirit, Sara Kei Wegmuller, Anastasia Barron and Isabel Semler.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Members of the dance group, accompanied by three drummers, began the Migrations procession with a performance that portrayed the physical and emotional challenges faced by migrants. Members included Melanie Zapper, Rachel Noel, Patty Yancey, Caroline Griffith, Cedar Spirit, Sara Kei Wegmuller, Anastasia Barron and Isabel Semler, along with drummers Espaço Oliveira, Tommy and Tom Fitzmaurice.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Members of this dance group, accompanied by three drummers, began the Migrations procession with a performance that portrayed the physical and emotional challenges faced by migrants. Members included Melanie Zapper, Rachel Noel, Patty Yancey, Caroline Griffith, Cedar Spirit, Sara Kei Wegmuller, Anastasia Barron and Isabel Semler, along with drummers Espaço Oliveira, Tommy and Tom Fitzmaurice.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Members of this dance group, accompanied by three drummers, began the Migrations procession with a performance that portrayed the physical and emotional challenges faced by migrants. Members included Melanie Zapper, Rachel Noel, Patty Yancey, Caroline Griffith, Cedar Spirit, Sara Kei Wegmuller, Anastasia Barron and Isabel Semler, along with drummers Espaço Oliveira, Tommy and Tom Fitzmaurice.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Participants in the Migrations procession walked past the pile of shoes at the end of the dance performance and headed for the Jardín Santuario garden at 11th and F streets.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Participants in the Migrations procession arrived at the Jardín Santuario Para Migrantes, where members of Centro del Pueblo introduced a dance in the garden at 11th and F streets and offered free chicken or cheese tamales.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples performed a dance called "Hermana Flor" (Sister Flower) while walking throughout the garden at the Jardin Santuario.
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This dancer along with other women from Centro del Pueblo performed a dance called "Hermana Flor" (Sister Flower) in the garden at the Jardin Santuario.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Members of the Centro del Pueblo dance group waved back at participants in the Migrations procession as they began to leave after their performance in the garden at Jardin Santuario.
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Brenda Perez of Centro del Pueblo introduced the dancers and the goals of the Jardin Santuario Para Migrantes and her organization to Migrations procession participants.
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Members of the Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders group welcomed members of the Migrations procession to Stewart Park at 14th and J streets with taiko drumming. (From right, Ali Lee, Barbara Rich, Vicki Ozaki, Gary Ronne, Patty Hecht, Chiemi Lehner, Yumi Ozaki and Ellen Markum.)
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Members of the Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders group performed taiko drumming for participants in the Migrations procession at Stewart Park at 14th and J streets. (From right, Ali Lee, Vicki Ozaki, Barbara Rich, Yumi Ozaki, Gary Ronne, Ellen Markum, Chiemi Lehner and Patty Hecht.)
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Deborah Ketelsen (left), Vicky Ozaki, Barbara Rich and Chiemi Lehner joined other members of the Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders group in taiko drumming for participants in the Migrations procession at Stewart Park at 14th and J streets.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Deborah Ketelsen (left), Vicky Ozaki, Barbara Rich and Chiemi Lehner joined Gary Ronne and other members of the Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders group in taiko drumming for participants in the Migrations procession at Stewart Park at 14th and J streets.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
Ali Lee (front left), Barbara Rich, Vicky Ozaki, Barbara Rich, Gary Ronne, Chiemi Lehner, Yumi Ozaki and Ellen Markum, members of the Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders group, performed taiko drumming for participants in the Migrations procession at Stewart Park at 14th and J streets.
Photo by Mark A. Larson
After their taiko drumming performance, members of the Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders group invited Migrations procession participants to join them in physically distanced traditional Japanese dances.
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When the Migrations procession participants arrived at Shay Park (M Street off Alliance), they were greeted by live music by The J Street Regulars (Katie Belknap (left), James Zeller and Jackie Dandeneau).
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Long-time local icon in the international folk dance community, 98-year-old John Filcich (left), helped lead Migrations procession participants in impromptu dancing at Chevret-Vaissade Park accompanied by music by Chubritza (1770 Felix Ave.).
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The folk music group Chubritza greeted Migrations procession participants with live music at Chevret-Vaissade Park (1770 Felix Ave.).
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Music by Chubritza inspired Migrations procession participants to join in impromptu dancing at Chevret-Vaissade Park (1770 Felix Ave.).
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Laura Woods of the Yurok Wellness Coalition welcomed Migrations procession participants with a song and a prayer on the lawn of Mad River Hospital on Janes Road (original site moved from Potawat Health Village).
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After closing her presentation, Laura Woods of the Yurok Wellness Coalition offered to smudge Sara Kei Wegmuller and other Migrations procession participants by wafting sage smoke over them with eagle feathers on the lawn of Mad River Hospital on Janes Road (original site moved from Potawat Health Village).
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The Migrations procession ended in an energetic way at Carlson Park with a celebratory parade that included giant puppets, live music by Bandemonium and lots of banner and ribbon waving.
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Free Yurok fry bread tacos were a welcome food item offered at Carlson Park to tired and hungry Migrations procession participants by these food preparers from the Yurok Wellness Coalition.
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Artist Juliana Artemov, of Arcata, worked on her Plexiglas "canvas" painting at the Humboldt Performing Arts and Culture Resilience vendor area at Carson Park at the end of the Migrations procession.
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Lots of giant bubbles were a big hit for children of all ages at Carlson Park along with the live music by Latin Peppers.
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Photo by Mark A. Larson
"Migrations: Walking Together" organizer Laura Muñoz welcomed partipants to the start of the event in the Creamery District and invited everyone to "walk together, sharing the experience of time, space, and the different cultures that find themselves in Goudi'ni." (Goudi'ni is the Wiyot word for the region now known as Arcata, meaning "Over in the Woods.")

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