The Bidjugu ethnic group always
knew how to divert natural saps to contaminate the wells where the
colonialists would drink, and that the mangroves encircling the
eighty-eight islands of the Bissagos archipelago off the coast of
Guinea-Bissau would help hinder access to the shores. Despite restless
centuries of resistance, the Bidjugu society lost its last queenduring
the Portuguese control of the country in 1930.
In the flow of the deliberately imprecise term Survivance coined by writer and activist Gerald Vizenor, edition #6 of the New Alphabet School will convoke the concept as "an active sense of presence, the
continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable
name”, as “renunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry”. Set up in
the Bubaque island, the gathering will bring together the local coletivo
Cadjigue and the Karrabing collective in an exchange of practices and
living conditions, to expand on concepts of survivance as a medium for
investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality and as a
ritual for environmental and social justice.
In cooperation with IBAP – Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas and HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)