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Art Can Transform the World - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Sep 19,2017
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One of the dancers portrayed an angry, snarling animal. Photo by Bonnie Hobbs.

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WASHINGTON, DC. - On Sunday evening, Sept. 10, some 60 area residents got a chance to see an international dance group perform in Centreville’s Historic District, outside St. John’s Episcopal Church. Sponsored by the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) and the International Mayan League, the Grupo Sotz'il performed “Uk’u’x Ulew: Heart of the Earth.” This was a preview of the show it’ll do next week at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

But before taking the stage in the nation’s capital, this professional Mayan dance team from Guatemala spent a week in Centreville with youth and young adults, providing cultural and dance education. Said CIF President Alice Foltz: “We are very fortunate to have this program for our community, strengthening roots and hope for young people and giving us an amazing opportunity to learn about Mayan history and tradition.”

The Piscataway [Nation] Singers opened the show with the Guatemalan national anthem, plus a prayer song relaying the message, “We are all one people; we are all related.” The colorful, dance-and-music performance also had political overtones.

Noting the threat of deportation that so many young people in America face today, the group wrote in its program: “On the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we honor our histories of struggle and resilience while building new strategies to defend our families and human rights.”

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