Kinding Sindaw (www.kindingsindaw.org) is a cultural performance troupe that has been in existence for over 20 years and is currently a resident artist group at La Mama E.T.C. Our mission is to educate and enlighten communities about the complex history and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines. Through the use of an artistic medium, which preserves the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples from these regions, we seek to explore universal issues of the value of oral history, power, gender relations and environmental degradation that resonate with the current struggles of these indigenous peoples, but which also are shared concerns throughout the world. Since its founding, Kinding Sindaw has actively performed and provided cultural workshops and educational programs at venues throughout the city. These include full-scale dance-dramas: "Irimun o Banag", "Agama Niyog", "Rajah Mangandiri", "Lemlunay", "Sultan Kudarat", and "Bembaran". Venues have included La Mama ETC, Lincoln Center, The Puffin Room, Riverside Church, Mulberry Street Theatre, Wave Hill and NY area colleges. Additionally, we provide storytelling workshops at NYC area colleges, libraries (Jackson Heights Community Library) and museums (Met, Museum of Natural History, Asia Society). By presenting the rich and varied complexity of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines, we have been able to work with a variety of different community organizations and groups, and serve as a resource to help educate youth and adults.
In addition to existing workshops, Kinding Sindaw seeks to deepen and enrich the participant’s knowledge about Philippine history and culture, through a series of immersive arts and cultural workshops, led by Potri Ranka Manis, the founder and executive director of Kinding Sindaw. These workshops and classes will interweave the teaching of music, dance and martial arts movements with the history and struggles of the different indigenous tribes of the Philippines. Consequently, through this deep and active engagement, the participant will discover the tremendous significance of preserving the indigenous arts, culture, traditions and history of the Philippines, while becoming a tradition-bearer herself, capable of educating future generations and asserting her rightful place in our modern society.