Pronounced Kat-hara, Kathara’s beginnings are in the Philippines, a vision to coexist in peace and harmony with one another and the abundant environment; to celebrate the beautiful diversity of tribal peoples in Mindanao. “Lupa Ay Buhay” Land is Life!! Kathara continues the legacy here in Canada between Filipinos and the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
Premiering a groundbreaking collaboration at Surrey Fusion Festival (SFF) as part of the journey towards a historical event titled: The Third International Babaylan Conference held on Sept.23-25 at Gibsons aimed to revitalize indigenous traditions of Filipinos, Coast Salish and Turtle Islanders. Kathara has touched Vancouver’s community for 14 years and annually showcases in Surrey Fusion Festival engaging audiences in a vibrant musical dance presentation. Kathara features inter-generational, mixed heritage artists in traditional and contemporary approaches Mindanaoan of indigenous cultural arts. Preserving heritage and to deeply explore one’s ancestral roots connected to an indigenous past, ignites the passion of Kathara’s artists.
Butterflies In Spirit (BIS) is a dance troupe made up of mostly family members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women that raises awareness of violence against indigenous women and girls across Canada. BIS commemorates the victims of violence in Vancouver and across Canada. Founder Lorelei started wearing the image of missing Auntie Belinda Williams, and murdered cousin Tanya Holyk. Other dancers perform wearing images and honouring family lost. Their fusion of contemporary, hiphop with traditional dance choreographed by PowWow dancer- Madelaine McCallum and for the first time with live musical accompaniment by Kathara.
This collaboration was spearheaded by Co-Founder/ Artistic Director/Dancer Choreographer of Kathara- Babette Santos and Founder/Dancer of Butterflies In Spirit-Lorelei Williams.
Kathara and Butterflies In Spirit are proud to present a powerful presentation of Filipino and Turtle Islander Indigenous arts on beautiful Unceded Coast Salish Territory.
The collaborative fundraising event Nchu7mut (Squamish: One Heart One Mind One Spirit) Ka-isa (Tagalog: Unity) will bring together Filipino and First Nations artists raising funds to support the Third International Babaylan Conference this September. The event Nchu7mut Kaisa will feature top performances by Filipinos & indigenous artists from Vancouver, 6 tables exhibiting arts & merchandises by local artists, high-energy music by DJ SobeyOne, raffle prizes, and an EPIC Dance Party.
Nchu7mut Kaisa will be held Thursday, July 28 from 7pm to 12AM at The Wise Hall on 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2E2. Tickets are $15 – $25 donation (sliding scale) and available at the door or through Eventbrite. Featured artists include: Mitcholos S. Touchie, Kimmortal, Purple Hearts Social Club, Warren Hooley, Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society & Butterflies in Spirit, with emcees Suzette Amaya and Racquel Villagante.
Proceeds from Nchu7mut Kaisa will support The Third International Babaylan Conference, a collaboration event between Kathara Society and The Center for Babaylan Studies. The conference seeks to build bridges and interconnections with the original peoples or First Nations of Turtle Island. Workshops, creative performances, ritual and ceremony, and educational opportunities will focus on what can be learned from each other. Internationally-known artists and cultural stakeholders will lead participants through different mediums of learning, to reflect and share stories, ideas and experiences that honour indigenous roots, histories and legacies. “Babaylan is a Filipino word that refers specifically to an individual or a group of healers, mostly women, who were acknowledged as possessing extraordinary gifts of vision (an ability to see through schemes or situations and later advise on future plans) and healing (a specific touch or intuited or passed-on knowledge to specific processes of ‘fixing’ and ‘putting’ people and things together). The first priority of all Babaylan [is] her community.” — Carlos Villa
We sincerely want to acknowledge that this event is taking place on ancestral, traditional, and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
collaborations between FILIPINO/FILIPINA/FILIPINX Artists + COAST SALISH Artists + QTIBIPOC Artists coming together to raise funds that will go towards the 3rd annual International Babaylan Conference that will be happen in September.
This night we’d like to offer:
– talented and top performances by Filipinos & Indigenous Artists from Vancouver
– 6 tables exhibiting arts & merchandises made/sold by our gifted local artists
– High- energy dance music playlists by an amazing DJ
– Chances to win plenty of Raffle prizes
– and an EPIC Dance Party