tpɨtɨ, łpasini: acorn cake and relations across saltwater

Saturday, June 15, 4-6pm
Presented by Adee Roberson
Max 40 participants
Free / RSVP

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As long as Native experiences are “lamentable, but not grievable,” communities living in diaspora in Indigenous homelands cannot fully reckon with complexities of distinct and mutual marginalization or directly engage with ongoing or suspended moments of occupation. [1] These conversations (or lack thereof) become heightened during iterations of displacement and gentrification; calling arrivant and diasporic communities into action to maintain storied and lived spaces like neighborhoods in ways that often misses opportunities for collaboration that also respectfully engages the continued dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the original stories of place(s).

Speaking from her own context as tasitʸuyu yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini (a woman of yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash Tribe, San Luis Obispo County), living at xučyun (Oakland) nitspu chochenyo ktitʸu (in the land/world of the Chochenyo-speaking people) and as a visitor nitspu yaanga ktitʸu (in the land/world of the people of Yaanga [Los Angeles], Tongva homelands), Sarah Biscarra Dilley will share historical, lived, and contemporary contexts on the political lives of Indigenous peoples whose homelands are situated in what is now known as California, sharing acorn cake and in conversation with the practice of artist in residence, Adee Roberson, that speaks across saltwater.


[1]  “The lamentable is pitiable, but not remediable. It is past and regrettable. Grieving, on the other hand, calls people to acknowledge, to see, and to grapple with lived lives and the commensurable suffering,” from Jodi Byrd (Chickasaw) in The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism. First Peoples, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. p. 38.

Sarah Biscarra Dilley (b. 1986, unceded Nisenan land) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, writer, educator and member of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash tribe currently residing in xučyun (Oakland), the unceded homeland of the Chochenyo Ohlone people. Her interdisciplinary process is grounded in collaboration across experiences, communities, and place. Relating unceded land throughout nitspu tiłhin ktitʸu, the State of California, and places joined by shared water, her written and visual texts connect extractive industries, absent treaties, and enclosure to emphasize movement, resilience, sovereignty, and self-determination.

Adee Roberson was born in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1981. Her work weaves sonic and familial archives with landscape, technicolor, rhythm, form, and spirit. She is the WCCW’s artist in residence for Summer 2019.

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This event is part of our Summer artist in residence programming. Read more about the artist in residence and view all related programming here.