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The Indigenous Women Rize project is a four-day workshop series created for Indigenous girls from ages 17 years old and up; as this is an important time when we begin exploring the respect we have for ourselves, our relationships with our families/kinships (siblings, cousins, and peers), and our romantic relations as we leave high school and transition into college, or into the workforce.
Tribal Entities Connect observed and seeks to address one of the leading issues for Indigenous women and girls within urban Albuquerque, NM. By carrying out the practices given in this workshop, we can create and develop community-based planning actions and practices that empower women to protect themselves and their sisters, through learning the importance of their lives.
Overview of Workshop Series
The major topics are conducted through a four-day series workshop, where focus areas transition kindly for young Indigenous women to grow and flourish with knowledge. They address practices that are both contemporary and traditional, pertaining to important relations, ultimately leading to the last workshop which puts topics into planning a course of action. Each workshop is a combination including academic readings, defining Indigenous terminology, facilitating activities, and Two of the workshops also include outdoor field trips, where participants will engage with
A traditional language component is merged into the lunch hour session to reclaim this cultural and social aspect which was once vital to Indigenous nations worldwide.
Meals are provided throughout the workshop as a form to reclaim our kinship as Indigenous Peoples through offering food, prayers, blessings, and gifts of sustenance.
The IWR workshop genuinely provides a space for Indigenous women to feel brave as an individual to address these important topics, as opposed to being limited within common societal places.