Lifeways in your Blood: Workshop on Diasporic Ancestral Research


In the chaotic and increasingly baffling state of the United States, do you find a desire and pull in your heart to find home? Home as in a land where you and your ancestors have known the plants, the climate, the geography, and the animals for generations. Many of us, who are a part of a diaspora, must creatively and diligently search for our homeland(s), through routes that are physical, experiential, spiritual, emotional and in documented memories.

Join artist Blache Marie and historian Edgar Bernal Sevilla, wherever you are in your journey home, to discuss resources and ways of thinking about diasporic ancestral research. At the workshop, they will provide you with questions to ask yourself and family members, ways to examine family and historical objects, strategies to record oral histories, methods to organize the varied ways one travels home, and a sensory experience of recalling memories.

Blache Marie is a photographer, poet, herbalist, graphic designer, interdisciplinary research-based artist, healer, and deathwife (a term birthed by Joy KMT). They were raised in suburban midwest, and now travel paths of the “great” forced migration, embracing nomadic living. They have a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Cornell University where they were awarded the Gibian Rosewater Travel Research Award. They use their long personal history with abuse as a path of intergenerational trauma to follow their family stories, as well as plant medicine, energetic healing and ritual to mend their wounds. Blache uses they/them pronouns.

Edgar Bernal Sevilla is a historian, poet, and museum professional born, raised, and molded by the Sonoran Desert. His historical and artistic work focus on the American/Mexican borderlands, Mestizaje, and returning stories to their people. Edgar uses he/him pronouns.

The two are currently traveling across the United States on the tour Black Widow: Stories of Death and Rebirth.

This workshop is POC centered. Non-POC (white) are asked to considering donating for a POC to attend the workshop who otherwise could not afford it.