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(Photo: South Eastern Woodlands Stomp Dance Dresses created by Pura Fe, Claudia Haddad and Selu Kateri Vargas. All fabric was dyed in the traditional way using the indigo plant.)
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There are full sponsorships available for young, self-identified Indigenous women and mothers (16-35), which includes full access to the workshop plus TTC transit fare. You will be required to provide a refundable deposit to hold your sponsored spot.
Indigo comes from a medicine plant that is Indigenous to the Eastern parts of the US and Mexico as well as South America. Among the Tuscarora it is traditionally used for medicine, for tattooing, for dying hair, for dying textiles, with basket work and as blue paint. Pura Fé will share how to dye muslin cloth with folding designs that she learned from her elder friend Carola Jones from Tuscarora, North Carolina. You can make anything out of this cloth.
FACILITATOR: Pura Fé
Pura Fé was born in New York City. Her Spanish name translates as “Pure Faith” given by her father who is from Puerto Rico. She was raised by her mother and gifted family of female singers that are decedents of the Tuscarora Nation that had migrated from North Carolina to New York in the early 1900’s. Pura Fé is a founding member of the internationally renowned native woman’s a capella trio, Ulali, and is recognized for creating a new genre, bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of the mainstream music industry.
In Indian Country, Pura Fé holds a Smoke Dance champion title and is a recipient of the Community Spirit Award from the First Peoples Fund of the Tides Foundation, for her volunteered cultural contributions of traditional song and dance, working with Native youth groups in North Carolina. Pura Fé has done vocal workshops instructing Native theatre schools, women’s drum groups and has cultivated several traditional singing dance troops from her Nation.