IU Art Museum Noon Talk

Wednesday, November 13th | Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts  of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas | 12:15 – 1 PM

Healing the Ancestral Way: Going Where Past and Present

Lead Presenter: Abegunde

OSANYIN is theYoruba orisa associated with healing (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual), medicine, and the use of herbs/plants.  This orisa is, therefore, connected to the energy of the Earth, feminine power, the ancestors, and forces that impact the illness, death, and wellbeing of an individual and/or a community.  The Osanyin staff, made of wrought iron, represents the spiritual knowledge, healing power, and different voices that speak during a healing process.  Its composition and structure also represent a sacred numerology of unity and divination.  The manner in which the staff has been constructed requires that those who use it understand how various elements work together to create and maintain balance.  Using the Osanyin staff as an entry point, Abegunde will share her research and experiences as an ancestral priest dedicated to community healing.
ABEGUNDE, egungun (ancestral) priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition, Reiki Master, and doula, is a healer with a focus on the recovery of ancestral memory from the Earth and human bodies.  She is currently a consultant for the Lynch Quilts Projects, including “Her Name Was Laura Nelson”, which has been featured at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, the Indianapolis Library, and TedX (Indianapolis), and in Essence Magazine and USA Today.  She is also the consultant and poet for the Ancestral Masquerade Series. Be/Coming, the first masquerade, is highly requested and has been exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Indiana State University Art Museum.  The quilts and masquerades are community healing arts projects founded, created, and led by visual artist LaShawnda Crowe Storm.  Abegunde is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

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