Oct 1: sii agua si
sii agua sí
Friday Sept. 30 (8pm) Prayer Walk around Mission Dolores
Saturday, October 1st Day-Long Festival (3pm-9:30pm) on 18th Street between Church and Dolores, SF
FREE Outdoor Event. RSVP HERE: (https://siiAguasi.eventbrite.
FLACC and Dance Mission Theater have come together for a day-long street closure to activate the Native American Heritage Site at Dolores Park and remember the waterways on the 18th Street/Mission Creek Corridor (between Church and Dolores Streets) via art and cultural events. In partnership with Ohlone leaders, local artists, Mission High School, and the American Indian Cultural District, this ritual performance intervention will bring awareness to the blocked and soil-filled waterways in Yelamu (what is now known as San Francisco) and will memorialize the 5,700 Indigenous ancestors buried in the Mission Dolores cemetery during early colonization.
sii agua sí means “water water yes”, “sii” being the Ohlone Ramaytush word for “water.” With a temporary sidewalk art by Adrian Arias and Pancho Pescador to guide the audience and dancers in the daytime and installing Ben Wood’s large scale video projections of water to light up the site at night, the October 1st festival will take place within a watery landscape. Water blessings, land acknowledgements, traditional and contemporary dances, ofrendas (ancestor altars) and a creek water sound installation by DJ Ras K’Dee of Audiopharmacy will decolonize the area replacing the usual presence of buses and cars from 3-8pm.
One of the highlights of the festival are the 12 Hummaya Singers and Dancers from the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe visiting from Pomona, CA, accompanied by their 83 year-old Chief Tony Cerda who also has ancestors buried in the cemetery at Mission Dolores two blocks away. The opening ceremony will be led by Kanyon Sayers-Roods/”Coyote Woman” (Ohlone Mutsun and Chumash) and a closing ceremony with a video memorial for the 5,700 native ancestors will be led by Gregg Castro (Ohlone Ramaytush). During the day, Kanyon and Gregg will be hosting “Ask a Native”: An educational Ohlone-led Q&A space on the grass and Nizhone Ellen Wood (Nii Mii Puu/Nez Perce & Apache) is offering a participatory tobacco prayer-ties culture share near the water altar space.
In addition to traditional dance and Ohlone representation, the day will include: Europa Grace, Snowflake Calvert and Vreni Michelini Castillo(Chhoti Maa), Hector Jaime (MX/US), Carmen Roman(Peru/US) and Violeta Luna (MX/US) creating work encompassing themes of water, queer latinidad, and immigration. The FLACC Community Dancers: Liz Boubion(US/MX), Nicole Maimon(US/MX), Stephanie Hewitt(US/DR/JA), Carmina Márquez(US/MX) will be activating the site at Dolores Park on Saturdays from 1-3pm leading up to the festival.
The evening before, on September 30, there will be a prayer walk around Mission Dolores.
Funded in part by Kenneth Rainin Foundation.