Amongst the Kichwa migrant community it is has historically been warmis (womxn) who have been at the forefront of preserving the culture that thrives today. From keepers of our language, to our traditional foodways, to wearers of our traditional regalia: the anaco, many diasporic warmis have built a unique relationship to the anaco.
Our anaco, is composed of elements that are sacred and symbolic to each individual. Every element of our regalia holds our traditional stories, and they are the keepers of personal histories of migration. For many warmis living in the diaspora, the act of putting on the anaco is a moment of connection, learning and unlearning, sharing, and building relations of reciprocity with other womxn that share in the experience of growing up away from our territories.
Mama Chumbi - explores these sacred connections through personal stories that are inevitably connected to the political act of resistance through our aesthetics.
This video performance was created as moment of expansion, a response and an understanding my discomfort with white* women wearing the anaco, or indigenous clothing as an act of solidarity, to gain social capital or simply for fashion.
This project was created with the generous support of the Garden Project by Industry Hamilton and Porch Light Theater and under the incomparable mentorship of Monique Mojica.