Transcending Historical Trauma
a presentation at the 2013 Applied Media Conference
Land Based Historical Trauma:
Southern sharecropping
Land Based Historical Trauma:
Sundown Towns, such as Grosse Pointe, MI
Land Based Historical Trauma :
1967 Detroit Riots
Photo by Alvin Quinn, AP
Land Based Historical Trauma:
Post-industrial economic and
political disinvestment
Flint, MI
Black/Land Project Theory of Change
Narratives can do three things:
Increase
Autonomy
Increase
Authority
Increase
Agency
Our work is grounded in Deci & Ryan’s
Self-Determination Theory
Autonomy Authority/
Competence
Agency/
Relatedness
Engage ...
Artists Reframing Land-Based Trauma in Detroit:
Intergenerational interview
Betty Evans, Monica Blaire White, Vera Smith
Hallmarks of Historical Trauma
Survivor guilt
Fixation on past trauma
Hypervigilance about repeated exploitation
Loyalty t...
Transcending Historical Trauma
Confront the Trauma
Reframe the Trauma
Take action that is not in
response to the trauma
Transcending Historical Trauma :
Reframing agriculture as practice of African heritage
Transcending Historical Trauma :
Confronting historical trauma
and taking action
through kinship based
land ownership
Walt...
Transcending Historical Trauma :
Mr. Whidbee’s block
Damon Street, Flint, MI
The Black/Land Project
BlackLandProject.org
ContactUs@BlackLandProject.org
Twitter: @BlackLandProj
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  • Retraumatizing: abandoned houses. Flint, MI
  • D Town Farm – AninkraDuafe row crop marker
  • Damon Street, Flint. The Whidbee family’s rehabbed homes
  • A conversation about Black peoples relationship to land: Opportunity to connect what’s learned from southern land loss with urban land loss – new legal remedies that serve NOLAA conversation about Black peoples relationship to land is an opportunity to Braid together conversation about loss with conversations about growthA conversation about Black peoples relationship to land helps all of us to learn toArticulate the history of broken relationship to land, and integrate it with work that heals that historical traumaFinally, A conversation about Black peoples relationship to landUnleashes knowledge & power held in black communities about how to regenerate healthy relationships between all people, land and communities.
  • AMC Tierra Y Libertad "Transcending Historical Trauma: Black/Land Project"

    1. 1. Transcending Historical Trauma a presentation at the 2013 Applied Media Conference
    2. 2. Land Based Historical Trauma: Southern sharecropping
    3. 3. Land Based Historical Trauma: Sundown Towns, such as Grosse Pointe, MI
    4. 4. Land Based Historical Trauma : 1967 Detroit Riots Photo by Alvin Quinn, AP
    5. 5. Land Based Historical Trauma: Post-industrial economic and political disinvestment Flint, MI
    6. 6. Black/Land Project Theory of Change Narratives can do three things: Increase Autonomy Increase Authority Increase Agency
    7. 7. Our work is grounded in Deci & Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory Autonomy Authority/ Competence Agency/ Relatedness Engage on their own terms in conversations about land use, environmental justice, sustainable economic prosperity, democratic civic engagement and relationship to place. Acknowledge and transcend effects of historical trauma on relationships to land, place and community. Offer authentic cultural models for regeneration of land, reinvestmen t in place and cultivating resilience as resistance to oppression.
    8. 8. Artists Reframing Land-Based Trauma in Detroit: Intergenerational interview Betty Evans, Monica Blaire White, Vera Smith
    9. 9. Hallmarks of Historical Trauma Survivor guilt Fixation on past trauma Hypervigilance about repeated exploitation Loyalty to ancestral suffering
    10. 10. Transcending Historical Trauma Confront the Trauma Reframe the Trauma Take action that is not in response to the trauma
    11. 11. Transcending Historical Trauma : Reframing agriculture as practice of African heritage
    12. 12. Transcending Historical Trauma : Confronting historical trauma and taking action through kinship based land ownership Walter L. Whidbee, Sr. Flint, MI
    13. 13. Transcending Historical Trauma : Mr. Whidbee’s block Damon Street, Flint, MI
    14. 14. The Black/Land Project BlackLandProject.org ContactUs@BlackLandProject.org Twitter: @BlackLandProj

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