FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY & HERITAGE SERIES September 9, 2018 ~ November 2, 2018

The Hinabi Project:  Weaving Peace and Dreams ~ Textile Arts of Mindanao

EXHIBITION:  October 5, 2018 through November 4, 2018 ~ Free and open to the public

OPENING RECEPTION & CURATOR TALK:  Friday, October 5, 2018 ~ Free and open to the public

 The Hinabi Project (THP) brings to the East Bay the unique textile art of the weaving communities of Mindanao Mandaya, Bagobo, Higaonon, T’boli, Blaan, Yakan, Tausug, Maranao and the Maguindanao. Traditional weaving was circumscribed by ritual and ceremonies of the life-cycle birth, marriage and death. The fabrics produced were meant to address these ceremonial needs. Weaving was a contemplative and peaceful endeavor for the women of these communities. Textiles also serve as peace offerings to resolve community conflicts and uneasy alliances.  With the new demands of political determinism, new ideologies, and the consumer technologies — what typically would be a peaceful activity has been disrupted but the indigenous weavers continued their craft throughout the twist and turns of the country’s political fortunes. Weaving was and still has been for most, a means for additional income to an essentially peasant/farmer subsistence economy. Now, they also struggle between the tenets of traditional weaving customs and the demands of the local and tourist market while working in social conditions less conducive to weaving. With this disruption, the continuity of the indigenous weaving tradition, the passing on of its heritable designs and technique, and the self-pride and worth of work is a cause for grave concern. Through this exhibit, The Hinabi Project hopes to highlight the possibility of evolving newer concepts of design and work, thereby, encourage other designers, weaving artisans, and scholars to talk about their future direction.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018, 1-4 PM

Performances by Dayao musicians and dancers direct from the Kalinga and Ga’dang communities of the Cordillera and Subanon community of Mindanao. There will also be a screening of a special documentary by Living Asia featuring the weavers commissioned by The Hinabi Project for the 2018 textiles exhibit “Mountain Spirits: Ceremonial Textiles and Folk Arts of Cordilleras and Northern Luzon” (on view through December 2 at the Mills Building in San Francisco).  The trunk show will feature textiles made by Philippine indigenous artisans.

Presented by Philippine American Writers and Artists’ (PAWA) The Hinabi Project in collaboration with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines, Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) CustomMade Crafts Center, the Philippine Department of Tourism in San Francisco, and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco.


Peace Lantern Ceremony

4:30 – Welcome
4:40 – Intertribal Friendship House All Nations Drum & Youth Dancers
5:20 – Tacuma King and Sun Drummers of United Africa Ensemble (Bay Area Youth Arts)
6:00 – Emeryville Taiko – Japanese drumming
6:30 – Hālau ʻO Kawainuhi – Hula Kahiko
6:55 – Moment of Silence
7:05 – Calpulli Panquetzalitzli – Danza Azteca
7:25 – Closing
4:30-7:30pm: Non-Partisan voter registration & information by FairVote California, League of Women Voters Oakland Area, and Women’s March Oakland.
4:30 – 7pm: Lantern-making & decorating (various types).Bring your own picnic (no vendors on site).  No glass, please.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please sign up to volunteer here.
Free and Open to the Public.

IN OAKLAND: “Fighting Dictators in the Philippines, Then & Now”

“A Time to Rise: The Fight Against Dictatorship in the Philippines, Then and Now”

The discussion will be moderated by Lillian Galedo, and will feature Cindy Domingo, Co-editor, “A Time to Rise;” Geline Avila, National Council, Akbayan Party-list; and Edwin Batongbacal, Friends of Akbayan, USA.
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3-5 pm

Free and open to the public, as part of the Filipino-American History & Heritage Series organized by The Oakland Asian Cultural Center, from September 9 to November 2, 2018.