Dancestory2015: Whose Do You Belong

$3,750 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 62 people in 68 months
I've been "washed" into a a benevolent network of African-Ancestored Societies with a shared mission that rises above mystical "brick walls" adding a mighty forest of leaves to an  insurmountable number of Family trees.          Tenacious development of my own Family research ushered by my maternal grandparents in 1996, planted a seed of destiny that'd further strengthen Ancestral ties.  As a Professional Teaching Artist specializing in African Diaspora Dance, Drum and Cultural traditions, I creatively incorporate these historical elements into my Dance-building platforms of service - nzo.califa Dance Works. Today #Dancestory2015 bears a repository of Community Family Histories and narratives collected from nearly 50 leading and willing agents, including Master Teachers and Cultural Gatekeepers, who've captured at least 2-3 generations of their Family line.  

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#Dancestory2015 - Whose Do You Belong?!
Challenging Bay Area #Dance and #Drum agents to unearth their Ancestral lines and share their story, invoking a national dialogue amongst African Diaspora Cultural keepers and stewards to make the connection and learn more about their story through their Ancestor's walk. 
#Dancestory2015 faciliated the sojourn of at least 20 Dance and Drum agents "Workingdalines "
 involving candid conversations about "broken lines", taboo subjects of transgenerational effect to cherished Family legacies of historical discourse concerning the Transatlantic slave trade and the United States Domestic slave trade, while charting the migratory patterns of Family members giving invaluable insight of how "Family" came to be.  
I've further committed to spending focused research combing archives, documents and collecting heirlooms of stories shared from actual Family first visits. With my own Family map in hand, I venture to travel to actual Historical sites and towns where my maternal/paternal #Louisiana Ancestors lived, built their lives and perhaps left a standing legacy.  
I'll research historical benchmarks in the area giving me inference of the times and how my Ancestors lived.  And along the way I plan to drop-in [ invited of course ] and visit Commune+Unity kinfolks along the way of Louisiana heritage -- on the rite track, sojourn with me.

#Dancestory2014 - "In The Lab"

Project Creator / Researcher, R.Califa-Calloway
is a scholarship recipient of the #MAAGI2013
" Scholarship Award"  to the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute, hosted by Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, Missouri, bearing the distinguished honor as an inaugural member.  Under the aegis of a field of experts in Genealogy research, including History Professors, Investigators, Government workers,  IT Professionals & maverick Family Historians, she strives to develop her current research, strategies and documentation methods, to advance her aspirations in the field.

*Greatly subsidize costs of travel: Plane, train and or car to Research National Archives, Oral stories collections, Archival research at Libraries, State & County archives, Courthouses and visitations to affiliated historical landmarks.

*Research/Study/Cultural legacy Exchange: On the ground documentation of findings, exploration of familial, cultural and or genealogical links, kinship exchange with Village/Community Griots, Leaders, Cultural Caretakers, Historians and or Professors.

*Assist in Registration/Administrative fees: Attendance to Genealogy Historical Society conferences, Institutes and or affiliated Seminars of Study.

*Equipment/Supplies: Aid in covering costs of acquiring archives, materials, copies, photos and or documents.

ONLINE: Gofundme is reliable and efficient, with minimal processing and no fees. [Yeaaa]

ON THE GROUND: Donations or sponsorships are gratefully accepted. I welcome contact to make such arrangements. {smile}

ENGAGE: Find out more about African Ancestored genealogical study resources & mantras, with latest discoveries on my blog: "Working Da Lines"

Facebook: "Nzo.Califa Dance Works" page

Your guided investment towards this project, is the GIFT that affects generations. Thank you for supporting my mediumship of service, #Dancestory2015!

In shared Dance Spirit kinship,
Regina "Califa" Calloway
nzo.califa Dance Works | Oakland, CA
"...where DANCE lives and SPIRIT moves."
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#WhatsGoodWed - Honoring Ancestral Gatekeepers, for it is the Season of Odunde and Ancestral rites in motion. Most recently in my #Dancestory2015 trek, I was awakened by a gentle nudge from my Ancestral Gatekeeper, my Grandfather, whose wisdom read the meditations of my heart at the crossroads, consoling me in my quandary. Yet it is the presence of his LOVE that reminds me of how I got started in Family History by creating his first booklet.

Today I am privy #workingdalines with good folks beyond the Bay, discovering Ancestor pathways including exciting places like Martinique, Puerto Rico or even clarifying "that white person's" country of origin like Germany, England or Scotland - dare I?! I just DID! lol - I am dedicated to unearth ourstory -- demystifying Ancestral histories allowing US to run and tell THAT of our very own. I've attached a Family Tree chart, to inspire you to begin or continue. Need inspiration?! Feel free to follow my working notes - or read the updates and contact me via #Dancestory2015 campaign.

We thank the many nzoCALIFA #Dancestory sojourners along the way for your gracious offerings of support and WE welcome your continued presence. Did I say WE?! Of course!!! At this point, what I do is clearly made possible with the many here and beyond. I am truly grateful for it.

com muito Axe'
Love, Life & #Honorbreath

Regina "Califa Calloway" #Dancestory2015
Nzo Califa Dance Works [ FB page]
...walking the path & enjoying my LIFE
BeginYour Family Map - Family Tree Chart
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#SumSOL2015 - I am writing, wRiting as fast as I can. Finished Community-Arts building immersions, Spiritual bootcamps, all-night research sessions and 24-hour sewing projects--My sojourn is in the anchor leg of #Dancestory2015. First highlights so far: Working in kinship with New Orleans African-Ancestored Artists of #RhythmicAlchemy via Nfungotah, Inc. a monumental undertaking giving rize and revival to the Spirit of Arts mediumships surpassing media-frenzied stigmas and setting historical benchmarks like Congo Square at midnite! Sunday Soul sessions with Elder-statefolks and Commune+unity of Congo Square , Dance, Drum, Culture and #Kimble kinship; 4-direction salute by Coco, Chief of the Houma Indians right in the space where their historical field harvest was celebrated. And in that same spot, we participated in a cleansing ritual and released them worries, woes and festerings to burrrrn. A'dupe Baba Luther, and Mama Jamilah. WAAAH to the Spiritual Mothers/Leaders of Congo Square. Hail up the Paul Guerra Studio/ Summer Artist Residency: work-create-[Wo]manifest *ting*.

Thank you to the special collection of Family surnames shared with me from convo-exchange, giving inference to the what makes New Orleans special, leading to unique intersections among community kin, all on a powerful Monday-- Ire'o Golden Feather. Brass Bands, red beans and rice, African collard greens, last Summer eating shrimp poboys [yeeesh] & Mami my Ancestors, at every turn, you let it be seen, told and heard - I'm on the rite track and those Elders that blessed me with incantations.

Working to get to where my Father was born, where my Grands owned land - never been there, not too far. If you know anything about Track&Field and I've been a runner for over 17 years of my life, that last leg is EVERYTHING and more with intentional support. Check in on how much we've gained as I've sprinkled much information upon my platforms on Facebook, and blog. Ask questions and DO share a good word or three. ;)
Walk well, and a Happy Odunde, Egun Season, Harvest for us all.

Loving life and you immensely,

Regina "Califa" Calloway
Nzo Califa Dance Works [FB]
Congo SQ West Kinship Society[FB]
#SumSOL2015: #Dancestory2015 #CSQwest10
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Egun iba'se - Give praise to the life of our Ancestors and they'll sprinkle sweet wisdom upon your head for the betterment of our lives. The Sojourn to Congo Square is a mighty one swift like the Congo River herself - yet, this journey is dropping all kinds of cues, codes and keys - yours for the asking. ~R. Califa *thanking you for your support*
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Ago Ire'o Monday,

Blessings forward to you and yours in a powerFULL season of change and creative manifestations. Make your petitions a good one. Bidding your favor of support, especially BAY Fam', towards the transcendental kinship works extended through the sojourn of Founding members of Congo SQ West Kinship Society. We join New Orleans Nfungotah Inc.'s #RhythmicAlchemy in an initiative of "Healing and Recovery" to take place at our shared Ancestral portal "Congo Square" AUG. 29th, 12P-12A; a dynamic collaboration of the City's Cultural Bearers preparing, invoking prayers & praise and already tilling the soil for a day like no other. We stand!

Bay Area please stand with us through progressive exchange and or participation, keeping eyes and good words shared about these works.

*Congo SQ West:
*New Orleans #RhythmicAlchemy:
*Califa and a 14ft-16ft African mermaid?! *contact me*

red beans and ricely yours,

Regina Califa Calloway
Nzo Califa Dance Works
Congo SQ West Kinship Society
Congo Square : R Califa #Dancestory2015
AUG. 29 - Healing & Recovery #NOLA
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Raised by 62 people in 68 months
Created June 18, 2013
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Laila JP
37 months ago

Happy Sweet 16, my dear Sis! Oakland got-chur' back!

38 months ago
40 months ago
kristine rivera
40 months ago

To all our ancestors!

Iquana Smith
40 months ago

Workdalines...Peace & Blessings!!!

Lisa Lord
40 months ago

All the best!!

Tina Combs
40 months ago

In spirit...

Laila Jenkins-Perez
40 months ago

Got nothin' but luv for ya, Sis! Rite on!!!

Veronica Howard Soto
41 months ago

Work da lines, sisSTAR!!! THANK YOU for sharing your gifts and talents with the community. Continue to FLY...SOAR!!! with your Ancestry, dance, drumming and community works. Again, THANK YOU from Augusta, Georgia back to The Bay!!!!!!! Love, V

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