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I LAND 2018
Contemporary indigenous musicians collaborating and creating healing vibrations through voice, sound, and movementCreated By: Dakota Camacho
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Dakota CamachoSeattle, WA
Born, raised, and based in Coast Salish Territory, Dakota Camacho is a Matao/CHamoru multi-disciplinary artist / researcher working in spaces of indigenous life ways, performance, musical composition, community engagement, and education.
Camacho holds a Masters of Arts in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Women’s Studies as a First Wave Urban Arts and Hip Hop Scholar.
Camacho is a chanter, adjunct instructor, and core researcher for I Fanlalai’an Oral History Project based at the University of Guåhan.
Camacho co-founded I Moving Lab, an inter-national, inter-cultural, inter-tribal, and inter-disciplinary arts collective that creates community and self-funded arts initiatives to engage and bring together rural & urban communities, Universities, Museums, & performing arts institutions.
Camacho has worked at festivals, universities, and community organizations as a public speaker, facilitator, composer and performer across Turtle Island (USA), Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Sweden, and South Africa.
Inafa’maolek / Live in a Good Way is an original track inspired by the Matao value of Inafa’maolek — harmony and balance with all of creation.
This video documents a inter-cultural Indigenous creative laboratory entitled Gupot Sumongsong that was hosted at the Mangere Arts Centre. A weeklong of Matao/CHamoru cultural workshops with Maori artists culminated in a day long celebration of Matao/CHamoru culture with food, chanting, carving, painting, poetry, and contemporary dance inspired by Matao oral histories, language, and culture.
Performed at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Ngā Uri A Maui
Beat and Lyrics by Infinite Dakota
I’ve come across teachings in multiple indigenous communities that we carry our homelands inside of us. I’ve come to the understanding that it is our responsibility to take care of all lands as we would our homelands. To honor the stories and spirits of the land.