Healing Together is a collaborative effort of Two Worlds and High Desert Playback aimed at promoting understanding, empathy, reconciliation, and coalition between Native Americans and African Americans in New Mexico. This intergenerational convening is designed to create a space where members of both communities and their allies can share stories for healing, connection, and justice.
Healing Together is being produced in collaboration with Explora in celebration of the National Day of Racial Healing. Launched on Jan. 17, 2017 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Day of Racial Healing is an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
The story of the United States is based in the painful legacy Indigenous genocide, settler colonialism, and the enslavement of African peoples. In order to truly heal the Earth and our communities, we must have the courage to be able to face our past, acknowledge the harm caused, and center the voices, experiences and wisdom of those most impacted by this legacy.
During Healing Together, we will share our collective stories of discrimination, empowerment, harm, resilience, pain, and joy that have affected our communities for generations. We will be encouraged to confront our own biases and assumptions and to listen deeply to each other. We will also use our imaginations and resources to co-create a more equitable and inclusive future for all New Mexicans.