February Chronicle by Izaro Ieregi Gonzalez feat. On Tradition - Future Ancestors 2: Rurality and Law participants

This time the Future Ancestors  have made a path from the city to an island, passing through rural lands. First they visited their host institution, "If I Can't Dance" and shared their interests with Frederic and Anik. And they generously shared with the Future Ancestors the work lines of "If I Can't Dance" and their beautiful library.

Together with Dima they set off for Wongema, a beautiful hostel in the middle of a rural village. Passing by the Breezanddijk dam. This dyke showed us the relationship of the Dutch people with their landscape. The relationship between the sea and the land, because what is the land if you think of the sea? 

The farmer they visited in Wongema showed his land reclaimed from the sea. He and his family patiently left their land fallow for seven years to make the transition to organic farming. I do not want to leave without mentioning Nanuk. The cook who with so much work and love fed the Future Ancestors… At the Wongema hostel they thought together with Dima about the notion of repairing, they resignificated Irish landscapes, they thought about the ideology of the circle; they talked about the fish migration gateway of the Afsluitdijk dam, and they asked themselves what is inside this monster that is in us?

They also play music, in fact the first dabs of the agro punk band The Dykes emerged in this special space in Wongema.

They left Wongema behind to take a ferry to the island of Schiermonnikoog. There, with self-organization and the help of Dima, they cooked delicious food every day and kept the kitchen clean as well. Gleb and Marilu offered workshops. In them they  talked in the form of a riddle about the most important notions of their talks, about textiles and the relationship to gender, they created a small cult through the use of needle-punched fabrics. They talked about repair, recovery, recognition and acknowledgment. They got in direct contact with their grandmothers. They followed the energy of their ancestors, grandmother after grandmother,grandmother after grandmother, until they connected with their first grandmother. And they asked this very first grandmother about how the love praxis can heal the colonial trauma. 

I saw how they did all this, and more. Much more. But not all it can or should be told. There are things that remain in our bodies, as experience. As ephemeral knowledge that lasts a lifetime.

The purpose of this chronicle is to make a score. A score to be able to continue working on our voices. Because as we have already said, they have a band. And it is very good. It's a score of a vocal exercise that Future Ancestor made together. You will hear the rhythm of the potato machine and they sing, recite and whisper different moments, concepts and interesting stories of their  week together.

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