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The Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture Series in Dance Studies


Weaving the Indigenous and Diaspora 

Ojeya Cruz Banks

Combining auto-ethnography with dance, sung-poetry, and music- this performed research takes you on a journey into the Black Atlantic Blue Pacific.  Family stories and memories are gathered to assemble a portrait of a Black Pacific daughter.  With lineage from the island of Guåhan to Alabama, diaspora and indigenous worlds are not binary, the ancestral oceans are interconnected. This oral history employs dance and chant to map out a shared destiny of Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty.  Weaving Black Pacific worldviews together, the performance investigates what late legendary poet scholar Teresia Teaiwa calls the ‘the ocean in our blood,’ and aims to activate deep relationship building, and sensorial activism.


This event is part of the 2023 "ICR Pachappa: Navigating Place" Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering Project.


The Schlundt Lecture was endowed by Christena Lindborg Schlundt, a founding faculty member of UCR and of the Department of Dance. The fund is to support annual lectures on new research in critical dance studies and dance making.


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Friday, April 7

Time: 4:00 p.m. PST



ARTS 166 (Performance Lab)


Format: in-person


Free and open to the public

Advance registration required



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Ojeya Cruz Banks (PhD) is a dancer-anthropologist-choreographer.  She works as an Associate Professor of Dance at Denison University. Her research is inspired by her African and Pacific Islander (Guåhan/Guam) American lineages. For over a decade, she worked at the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Cruz Banks’ research and teaching focus on Black/African, Black Pacific and Indigenous Pacific dance education, choreography, and performance. Her research includes topics such as West African dance and Pacific Island dance as sources of pedagogy, somatic practice, spiritual well-being, artistic practice and decolonization. Cruz Banks publishes widely and has worked with people around the globe in locations such as Cuba, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Guinea, Senegal, Fiji, Australia, Guåhan, and Aotearoa/NZ.



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