So You Think You Can Debke?

Date / Time

November 14, 2018

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


On Behalf of the Arab American Cultural Center, 
On Wednesday, November 14 from 5-7 pm, we will be hosting Mr. Ahmed as he will be showcasing and demonstrating the historical and cultural aspects of the Arabi Debke. Debke is folk dance originating in the Levant region and is now considered a combination of circle dance and line dancing, that is widely performed at weddings and other joyous occasions. However, Debke wasn’t always performed in this manner. It was thought that Debke symbolized unity and cooperation for members of a community to work together and create a civil society. Their solidarity was passed through tradition and was meant to scare away evil forces and protect the security and growth of their agriculture. 
In comparison, November is known to be Native American Heritage Month and we thought what better way to reconnect to our roots, struggles, and culture than by working with Native Americans to create intersectional frameworks surrounding the issues we all face. Such as stereotyping, discrimination, theft of land and identity, as well as cultural appropriation. But also the positive aspects of dance, music, food, and love through unity and struggle.
We hope you could join us and talk about the perspectives, history, and narratives of Arab and Native Americans.

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