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Summer MinervaBy Summer Minerva
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Summer MinervaBy Summer Minerva
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About

This project will take me to Campania for the weeks leading up to, and a few weeks after La Candelora.

La Candelora is a procession done by LGBTQ people up a holy mountain entitled Montevergine, where there is a church containing a painting of a Black Madonna, known as Mamma Schiavona. Campania, the province that Napoli is in, and also the land of my grandmother, is known for its femminielli, a third gender that is described as male that behaves and does everything that a woman does. 

La Candelora is an incredibly special event because it demonstrates a sacred link between gender variance and homoeroticism, with, the divine. Mamma Schiavona is known as the guardian of the femminielli and LGBTQ people. This pilgrimage is ancient and goes back hundreds of years, and, how people celebrate this day, in addition to processing for hours up the mountain, is through the sacred music and dance known as the tammorriata. 

In my month stay in southern Italy, I am proposing to take drumming, singing, and dancing lessons in this ancient tradition, AND, share about my community in the United States, the Radical Faeries. Upon my return, I will be able to share these traditions held by the LGBTQ and femminielli of the land of my blood. I will also share the traditions with anyone interested, particularly Italian American LGBTQ and allies.

This project will be the beginning of an exchange between the LGBTQ/Radical Faerie community and the LGBTQ/femminielli of southern Italy.  

The funding also includes travel expenses for 1 photographer/videographer, who will be taking journalistic and artistic photos and videos to be compiled as part of the product. 

Risks and challenges

A challenge that I will face is the fact that many of the femminielli speak in dialect, which will make it difficult to understand completely what they are saying when I am engaging them in conversation. I have found a woman in Naples who leads classes on the Neapolitan dialect, and I will be practicing with her my Italian and my Neapolitan in the months leading up to the main event, La Candelora, on Feb 2. The dance and music, though, transcends literal language. And, I will be with a friend who can help translate when necessary.

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    Black Madonna Photo and Prayer

    a small photo of Mamma Schiavona with a prayer on the back

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    My Writings + Photo of the Black Madonna

    You will receive a collection of my writings on my travels and research through Italy, and a small photo of Mamma Schiavona with a prayer on the back.

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    Attend My Workshop

    With the material I gather from this project, I will be teaching workshops in New York, Berlin, and possibly other places if I find support with the planning and promoting. With a $25 contribution, you can attend a workshop! Workshop themes include: Divine Queerness, Divine Femme Blackness, and Dancing the Tammorriata

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    Handmade Wooden Castanets

    The castanets made in southern Italy are an essential part of the Tammorriata dance and sound. I will ship you a pair of handmade wooden castanets, called castagnoli, for you to enjoy playing and dancing with.

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    My Writings + Handmade Wooden Castanets

    The collection of my writings on my travels, and handmade southern Italian wooden castanets.

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    Private Yoga Session

    My yoga sessions incorporate breathing techniques, postures, and meditation to meet your particular spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. The sessions will definitely be available in New York, and will be scheduled around the same times as my workshops.

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    Clarinet Serenade

    I will play clarinet for an hour at one of your events!

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    Writings + Workshop + Castanets

    My intimate writings on my travel and research in Italy, a spot at one of my workshops (see above for descriptions) and a pair of handmade wooden castanets.

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    Italian Dinner and Festa

    I will cook for you the most delicious Italian meal with the finest local ingredients where I will share little known truths about my time in Italy! You will be granted secret knowledge :-)

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    Complete Summer Experience

    Workshop
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    Yoga OR Clarinet serenade
    Dinner Party incl. secret knowledge

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