“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” – Audre Lorde
Objective empiricism posits a dominance of the physical senses for what can be known about our world, but many indigenous knowledges maintain animistic worldviews that hold our world as an enchanted one. An enchanted world can possibly shift our lives from one of separation to one of restoration. Amongst the folk magic, witchcraft, and indigenous traditions of Brujeria, Hoodoo, Lucumi / Santeria, Haitian Vodou, etc., we find tools and practices for battling everyday oppressions as well as the strain of systemic inequity.
In this talk, we’ll look at:
*the historical role of the witch / ritualist as revolutionary leader;
*animism as an antidote to capitalism, from Harriet Tubman to Dutty Boukman;
*folk magic remedies for battling gentrification, economic inequality, and legal inequity;
*plant spirits as long-term allies toward cultivating well-being for healthier selves and communities.
We welcome all to bring their own histories and questions!
Monday, December 14th