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Described by organizer Laura Muñoz of Playhouse Arts as a multidisciplinary and multicultural performance event created by an ensemble, Migration: walking together turned out to be a fun and fascinating walk through the parks and other places in Arcata on Saturday. It started in the Creamery District with a beautiful dance show and shoes – lots of shoes – and ended with a parade entering Carlson Park from Giuntoli Lane. An unexpected change of route due to construction blocking the passage added an authentic touch to the ‘migration’ experience for the participants. (See the slideshow below for the highlights.)

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  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The dancers of the Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden of the Jardin Santuario.

“The procession allowed all the participants to walk together, to share the experience of time, space and the different cultures that are in Goudi’ni“Said Muñoz.” Walking together makes our solidarity grow. Walking is traveling in human time; it connects us to the earth and to those who came before us. As we walk, we create new paths towards it. future. ”(Goudi’ni is the Wiyot word for the area now known as Arcata, which means“ in the woods. ”)

More than 120 people registered (masks and vaccines were mandatory) stopped at places across Arcata, where groups shared their work, games and culture, including: Jardín Santuario (11th and F) with a dance in the garden by members of the Centro del Pueblo; Stewart Park (1475 J St.) for taiko percussion and dance by members of the Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders; Shay Park (M St. off Alliance) for music by The J Street Regulars; Westwood Manor Park (2217 Heather Lane) and Dance by PAPA; Parc Chevret-Vaissade (1770 avenue Félix) and folk music by Chubritza; a prayer and welcome song from Laura Woods of the Yurok Wellness Coalition on the lawn of Mad River Hospital on Janes Road (moved from Potawat Health Village); and ending at the parade ending at Carlson Park on Giuntoli Lane. Attendees enjoyed free Yurok fried bread tacos, live music from Latin Peppers, plenty of giant bubbles, a mix of nonprofits including Humboldt Performing Arts and Culture Resilience and True North, and a clinic for COVID-19 vaccination walk-in by Paso a Paso.

“My goal for this performance event was to look at who we are through the lens of migration to Humboldt,” Muñoz said, “to find the connective tissue that binds us to this part of the earth today, and to d ‘examine the systemic inequalities and history that got us to this point – to achieve, to empathize, and to be compelled to do right action.

Last spring, Muñoz started collecting hundreds of shoes donated for the installation and dance project that kicked off the procession. She said the shoes were there to help evoke visions of moving from place to place, one foot to another, and the rhythms of simple walking.

And in case you were wondering what happened with all the shoes, Muñoz said, “We left the shoes on after the Migrations opening dance show, and put up a sign” Free shoes ”. James Hildebrandt and I went there today (Sunday) and about three quarters of the shoes were taken. We’re taking the rest to be donated or dumped this week. The remaining shoes are all badly worn.

“It was amazing how many shoes were missing by the time we got back from Carlson Park (Saturday),” said Hildebrandt, who described a man there on Sunday who had made a sculpture on the ground with the remaining shoes and by separating them in pairs.