Creating Futures Rooted in Wonder: Bridges between Indigenous, Science Fiction, and Fairy Tale Studies

Posted on September 15, 2015


[UPDATE: See bottom of post for hyperlinks of all organizers, performers and workshop leaders from conference. Also you can now see Report Back from Creating Futures Rooted in Wonder – Part 1]

SO … I have this amazing opportunity to participate in this AMAZING gathering with a ton of WONDERFUL people and ideas. I will try and record everything I can and share that with everyone here via updates to this post and other sharings of media on the interwebs and in person. Please contact me asap via comments on this post or email at with anything you would like brought up at the gathering and I will do what I can to carry the words and ideas. Here it is…!!!

The Pā Boys Screening_Final FlyerFilm & Media Showcase Flyer

Creating Futures Rooted in Wonder:
Bridges between Indigenous, Science Fiction, and Fairy Tale Studies
University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa
Wednesday, September 16 – Saturday, September 19, 2015
WEDNESDAY, Sept 16, 2015
6:30 – 9:30 pm – Shidler BUSAD A102
Free film screening of The Pā Boys, followed by skype Q & A with Writer and Director
Himiona Grace from Aotearoa
“The Pā Boys is an energetic, uplifting road movie capturing the best of New Zealand’s
culture, beauty, talent and music, whilst exploring themes of identity, friendship and
discovering your roots.”
Moderated by Vilsoni Hereniko and Alexander Mawyer.
THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015
3:00 – 4:45 pm – Kuykendall 410
Opening Roundtable Discussion
Speakers: Cristina Bacchilega, Grace Dillon, Kamuela Enos, Jon Osorio, and Nisi Shawl
Moderated by Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada.
Opening Remarks by Contributors to Extrapolations and Marvels and Tales:
Kelsey Amos, Stina Attebery, Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Lianne Charlie, Candace
Fujikane, Andrea Hairston, and Brandy Nālani McDougall.
Moderated by Special Issue Editors.
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Kuykendall 409
Relax, connect, and be inspired in our Video Game and Comic Book Lounge, featuring
media by Solomon Enos, Skins Video Games (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
project), and fan remix videos curated by Anne Kustritz.
Facilitated by Scott Kaʻalele, Graphic Novel Editor of Hawaiʻi Review.
7:00 – 8:30 pm – BUSAD A102 (6:30 pm pūpū reception at Saunders Courtyard)
Film and Media Showcase, shorts curated by Grace Dillon and Beth LePensée, fan remix
videos curated by Anne Kustritz, TimeTravellerTM machinima (a movie made in a virtual
environment) by Skawennati, and student and faculty shorts by the Academy for Creative
Moderated by Vilsoni Hereniko and Alexander Mawyer.

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015
Please join us for small group discussion and activities around the challenging and
creative work of imagining just and sustainable futures. Each “workshop” will be led by a
pair of facilitators who will be sharing tools and ideas from their
art/activism/writing/filmmaking/scholarship/performance work. No expertise or materials
required to attend, but please bring your open and courageous passion!
10:30 – 12:00 pm – Concurrent Workshop Sessions
1. Creating Futures: Visual Art /Film, by Grace Dillon and Jason Lewis —
Kamakakūokalani 201
In this workshop we will look at some of the ways film makers, visual artists and media creators have been exploring the relation of Indigenous storytelling traditions to science fiction, and ask participants to explore how they can       apply       this to their own ways of connecting the past to the future.

2. Creating Futures: Writing, by Nisi Shawl and Reina Whaitiri — Hālau
Voicing Wonder through Lineage and Landscape
Using words and images, tell the world how fabulously your ancestors have expressed
themselves in giving you the gift of life, or voice the power and beauty of your home’s
natural features as divine forces. Drawing, collage, dialogue, and interview will be used
to help both established and emerging artists and writers in an exploration of the stories
and pictures to be found deep within yourselves and everywhere outside.
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Kamakakūokalani 202
Relax, connect, and be inspired in our Video Game and Comic Book Lounge, featuring
media by Solomon Enos, Skins Video Games (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
project), and fan remix videos curated by Anne Kustritz.
Facilitated by Scott Kaʻalele, Graphic Novel Editor of Hawaiʻi Review.
1:30 – 3:00 pm – Concurrent Workshop Sessions
1. Creating Futures: Community Organizing, by Michael Lujan Bevacqua and
Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua– Kamakakūokalani 202
Join us for activities and strategies for imagining sovereign and demilitarized futures in
the Pacific, based on community organizing in Hawaiʻi nei and Guåhan.
2. Creating Futures: Visual Art/Film, by Solomon Enos and Sherryl Vint –
Kamakakūokalani 201
Propagating Hopeful Futures in Indigenous Wisdom and Science Fiction
This workshop will explore the power of media to translate ancient sustainability into
hopeful futures. It will involve participants in creating stories that explore the utopian
traces in daily life. Creating your own stories is part of living sustainably, and we will
explore ways that indigenous worldviews and utopian elements in science fiction use the
power of narrative to tie the past to better futures.
3:30 – 5:00 pm – Hālau o Haumea
Reflections and Responses Roundtable Discussion, featuring Hailiʻōpua Baker, kuʻualoha
hoʻomanawanui, Sadhana Naithani, Jill Rudy, Caroline Sinavaiana, and Reina Whaitiri.
Moderated by Craig Santos Perez.
5:30 – 7:30 pm – Hālau o Haumea
Literature and Performance Showcase, featuring dåko-ta alcantara-camacho, Walidah
Imarisha, Emelihter Kihleng, Victoria Nālani Kneubuhl, Nisi Shawl, and Gabriel
Emceed by Brandy Nālani McDougall and Craig Santos Perez
Free pūpū, and books for sale!
SATURDAY, Sept. 19, 2015
9:30 – 11:00 – Concurrent Workshop Sessions
1. Creating Futures: Writing, by Walidah Imarisha and Gabriel Teodros –
Kamakakūokalani 207
Collective Sci-Fi Writing Workshop
After a brief presentation on the larger themes of sci fi and social change, Octavia’s
Brood co-editor Walidah Imarisha and contributor Gabriel Teodros will lead participants
through a collective story-telling/writing workshop where they create collective and
individual stories based on current political/social issues.
2. Creating Futures: Performance, by dåko-ta alcantara-camacho and Jocelyn Ng —
In the first part of this workshop, we will explore how written works can be transformed
into spoken word and performance pieces. In the second part of the workshop, we will
explore how collaborative song, story, and dance can connect us to the past and future.
11:30 – 12:30 pm – Hālau o Haumea
Closing Reflections Roundtable Discussion: Imagining Just and Sustainable Futures, and
Next Steps, featuring Marie Alohalani Brown, Pauline Greenhill, Walidah Imarisha,
Michelle Raheja, John Rieder, and Ida Yoshinaga.
Moderated by Kamuela Enos.
Mahalo nui!

This symposium is grateful for support from: Gladys Brandt Chair in Polynesian Studies;
Reading Series of the Creative Writing Program; SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
890-2013-17 Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Kamehameha Publishing, A Division of
Kamehameha Schools; SEED IDEAS; Arts & Sciences Expanding the Student
Experience Fund; Joseph Keene Chadwick Endowment Fund; UHF; Center for Pacific
Islands Studies, Academy for Creative Media, Department of American Studies,
Department of English, Department of Political Science & Indigenous Politics Program,
Department of Religion, and the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.

Thanks so much to the following organizers, workshop leaders and performers for making this happen!