Kapwa Collective presents the Kulintang Healing Garden
Kapwa Collective has created a Kulintang Healing Garden for Restless Precinct – a site specific, group exhibition and performance series in Scarborough’s Guildwood Park.
The Kulintang Healing Garden bridges Indigenous knowledges, systems and practices from our Philippine heritage, with our identities as settlers on Turtle Island.
The focal point of our project is the kulintang, a traditional gong instrument indigenous to the T’boli, Maranao, Maguindanao, and Palawan Peoples of the Philippines.
Kapwa Collective recognizes the need to build healing relationships and connections with nature, and fellow human beings that are rooted in a recognition of our shared identities—and futures—in this era of deep ecological crises.
In 2012, after attending the KAPWA-3 conference in Baguio, Philippines, Kapwa Collective went to Ilocos Sur, Philippines. We were taught how to plant native Philippine trees for the purpose of healing the earth and ourselves. We planted tree saplings with intent and in respectful dialogue with the land.
In celebration of these kapwa values, we invite the community to make plantable paper; jam with singing plants and kulintang gongs; and plant seeds that nourish our indigenous selves on our paths towards decolonization.
First round of activities: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Second round of activities: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Free. All ages welcome. Meet us at the Greenhouse!
Kapwa Collective is a group of Filipino Canadian artists, critical thinkers, and healers whose work bridges narratives between the Indigenous and the Diasporic, the Filipino and the Canadian. We function as a mutual support group based on the core value of kapwa.
Kapwa is loosely translated as “a recognition of shared identity, an inner self shared with others” (Enriquez 52). It is the core concept of Sikolohiyang Pilipino or Filipino Psychology, a movement that is rooted in the experiences, ideas, and consciousness of Filipinos. Formed in 2012, Kapwa Collective facilitates links among academic, artistic, activist, and other communities in Toronto.
For the Restless Precinct exhibition, we are represented by artists: Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Christine Balmes and Jennifer Maramba.
Enriquez, Virgilio G. From Colonial to Liberation Psychology: The Philippine Experience. Quezon City: The University of the Philippines Press, 2008.