Yeye Luisah Teish is a teacher, dancer, storyteller, and high priestess. She also is an author, most notably of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, her father was an African Methodist Episcopal and her mother was a Catholic, of Haitian, French, and Choctaw heritage.
Yeye Teish is an Iyanifa and Oshun chief in Yoruba tradition.
Yeye Teish is one of the most well known Yoruba priestesses worldwide, who is celebrated internationally in Goddess circles as a writer and ritual-maker. She quite literally a legendary woman of great character and exceeding positive impact for this generation and all time.
Gabrielle Tesfaye is an interdisciplinary artist versed in painting, animation, film, puppetry and interactive installation. Her work is rooted in cross-cultural diaspora, ancient practices, Afro-futurism, and healing through cultural storytelling.
She will present "The Water Will Carry Us Home" through living ritual and stop motion animation revealing the story of stolen Africans being thrown off the slave ship whilst sailing through the Middle Passage. Upon crashing in the waves, a phenomena happens when the presence of Yoruba Orishas dwelling in the water saves these spirits.
Michele Elizabeth Lee lived in rural North Carolina for 6 years running an artist residency and learning the tradition of Black folk medicine. From 1996-2002 she documented this oral tradition and interviewed and learned from 16 healers (spanning 8 southern states) using a tape recorder and camera. This life changing experience for the Oakland,CA native resulted in the book:
"Working The Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing".
The book spins together stories from each healer and is filled with medical knowledge, anecdotal information and wit, told in authentic southern vernacular. Ms. Lee also shares 7 generations of healing traditions passed down to her from her New Orleans and Port Gibson, MS. family.