In OCTOBER ::: AudioPharmacy and Dancing Earth presents … SEEDS AND SOUL FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 24th ! SECRET LOCATION in the territory whose original name is Huichuin ….!! stay tuned in …

an exciting October of Bay Area events to celebrate, advocate and expand offerings of Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct 12.

DANCING EARTH © Paulo T. Photography www.PauloT.com

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These include :

Oct 7-9 Rulan leads guest classes at UC Berkeley’s Dance department

Oct 10 Rulan joins Birthday celebration of poet activist Rafael Gonzalez, while SEEDS AND SOUL Festival leaders join Cultural Conservancy at Indian Valley Farm

Oct 10 Rulan brings students to Berkeley Powwow : http://ipdpowwow.org

Oct 11 CA Native Big Time event : http://www.urbannativeera.com/events/ohlonebigtime


  • Rulan in powwow regalia
  • Last springs workshop at Indian Valley Organic Garden

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Click above for a short film by Cultural Conservancy !

Oct 9-11 Rosy Simas Dance in San Francisco at ODC , with discounted tickets available for Native community dance@rosysimas.com https://odcdance.org/performance.php?param=273

Oct 12 Dancing Earth joins Sunrise ceremony at Alcatraz (https://www.alcatrazcruises.com/website/sunrise-gathering.aspx )  and Indigenous peoples events at UC Berkeley

Oct 16-18 Dancing Earth at Indigenous Knowledge Forum of BIONEERS, and in performances on Friday midday at Sunstage, and Sunday midday at Sunstage along with AudioPharmacy – with interactive dances for youth and audience participation  !!! www.bioneers.org

( below image by Jennifer Esperanza of DANCING EARTH ‘s Daniel Arizmendi, Rulan Tangen and Jaque Fragua at BIONEERS MainStage in 2011)

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This years performance of Lupita Salazar and Anne Pesata for Indigenous forum:IMG_4782







Week of Oct 19th :

Dancing Earth leads SEEDS AND SOUL community workshops in Yelamu and Huichin territories ( more recently known as San Francisco and East Bay ) :

Mon Oct 18 and Tues Oct 19 : OPEN TO COMMUNITY from 6-8 pmat Embodiment Arts Collective, 3490 20th St, 3rd For, San Francisco CA 94110

Wed Oct 20 and Thurs Oct 21 Community Rehearsals ( by invitation) from 530-830 at AVE, 915 Cayuga ave, San Francisco CA, with Dress Rehearsal from 2 to sunset at secret East Bay location on Fri Oct 23rd !



DANCING EARTH © Paulo T. Photography www.PauloT.com

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OCT 24th the first SEEDS AND SOUL FESTIVAL !!!!Dancing Earth is teaming up with Audiopharmacy to produce a festival on OCT 24 at a Secret West Oakland Location!


SEEDS & SOUL is a one-day festival harnessing the power of the ARTS and INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXCHANGES to BRIDGE Bay Area Indigenous communities & allies.

Celebration! Dialogue! Learning!

Led by Indigenous Wombyn, Two-Spirits, and male allies, SEEDS & SOUL will celebrate the diversity of indigenous identities, provide a platform for critical dialogue, build unity and alliance among communities, and strengthen community resilience in these times of rapid social and environmental change.

Special thanks to the incredible heartfelt leadership of Javier Stell- Fresquez, Joana “Love” Cruz, and their amazing circle !!!


FOR MORE INFO PLEASE email seedsandsoul@gmail.com


Oct 26-30 the month ends with Rulan co-facilitating with Professor Eric Kupers : Indigenous Dance week at Cal State East Bay, with workshops and potlucks Mon -Thurs at 6 – 930 pm , culminating in an informal performance at 3 pm on Friday . featuring arts and cultural representatives of Ohlone, Aztec, Powwow and Dancing Earth !

Oct 26th from 630-930 Potluck and  Ohlone cultural evening with Kanyon sayers

Oct 27th from 630-930 Potluck and Powwow evening with Anecsita Hernandez

Oct 28th from 630-930 Potluck and indigenous contemporary ecological dance with Dancing Earth

Oct 29th from 630-930 Potluck and Danza Azteca with Grupo Lluvio Preciosa

FESTIVAL CULMINATION : Fri., Oct. 30, 3:00 – 5:00pm Inter-Cultural Sharing with Rulan Tangen, Kumu Kaui Peralta, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater, Piñata Dance Collective, Maori Mo Ake Tonu, Neil Marcus & Eric Kupers, Bruce Bierman, Sammay Dizon, Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble, and MORE!

INFO : eric.kupers@csueastbay.edu or 510.885.3154

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image courtesy Iscah Carey


Beyond the Bay, we also have amazing things happening in the Southwest in celebration of INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY :

first week of October, Trey Pickett guest teaches for Wingate High School’s new Performing Arts program , led by Natalie Benally

Oct 12 , Anne Pesata performs her BasketWeavers solo and co-leads a dance and poetry workshop for Buffalo Council’s Indigenous Peoples Day  event at Ft Lewis College, Durango

Oct 28 FOOD EVENT at Institute of American Indian Art !

( foto by Yoeme Homari)

Special thanks to photographers Alicia Ledezma, Yoeme Homari and Daniel Quat !

Special thanks to Guthrie Miller for housing for Summer Institute in August !

Special thanks to Tom Pinkson for donation in support of our Bay Area Indigenous Peoples month activities !


Here are some more links  and descriptions of exciting events of interest !

Bangka Footage at SEEDS AND SOUL : https://www.facebook.com/Treewizdom/videos/10153673791219450/


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some awesome new friends/colleagues : beedanceproject.org check it out ! Image of Anne Pesata guest dancing with the bee dancers at Bioneers. Amazing set design by Alaskan Native artist David K, and choreography by his partner Christina Leyva. Their website gives a link to petition signing to save the bees ! IMG_4854 IMG_4855 IMG_4857 IMG_4858



Salutations to our friends at The Cultural Conservancy, who will be traveling to Meghalaya, India, for @Indigenous Terra Madre 2015!It’s an awesome five-day celebration of Indigenous FOOD and CULTURE centered on the theme: The Future We Want: Indigenous Perspectives and Actions.



In NM :

The powerful culture carriers/philosopher/artist /activists María Regina Firmino Castillo and Fidel Eduardo Brito Bernal of Guatemala are in NEW MEXICO THIS WEEK :

Please join them TONIGHT for the screening of the Jaula de Oro, which will be presented by Tohil and Bill Wagner [AKA Bill Savila] or in the next few days (until November 4).

The film is about a small group of youth migrants from Mexico and Guatemala and the perils they face crossing the border. It is not a documentary, but it speaks truths:
It starts at 6:30 PM at:
African American Performing Arts Center
310 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

( here is a foto of them with Tria Andrews Wahkpa in NYC )


And, on Oct 29, Mayor Gonzales declares RIMA MILLER DAY, on the day of her birth. Here is an image of us a few years back, at an event about creativity, directed by designer Randolph Duke, as photographed by Jennifer Esperanza.

Rima, you live forever as one of the worlds’ greatest and most playful creatives ! I am thankful that are lives intersected and you continue to impact my life ! with love and gratitude …Foto Rima and Rulan by Jennifer Esperanza

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