It was great being around so many different kinds of artists (visual, musicians, drama, etc.), all of whom are currently using the arts in some aspect within missions, whether far or near. During the conference each day we worked through the contents of the manual and applied it to the arts and culture of the Sakha people of Siberia, where AiM leaders Bill and Robin Harris had worked from 1994 to 2004. The focus of these explorations was to examine Ohuokhai (round dance) of the Sakha people, and how this cultural expression could be used both in the life of the local church, as well as helping to preserve for all Sakha people. We even broke into groups and wrote lyrics for our own Ohuokhai.
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Then from Sept. 19-24 I got to teach at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas, TX. I taught a one-week visual arts "module" for a course called Expressive Form Analysis. The course essentially teaches the EthnoArts Field Manual, and is divided into various 1-2 week modules, each of which focuses on one art form and how to analyze it in another culture. I thoroughly loved teaching this module, as I got to talk a lot about nonwestern visual art. And, of course, there was henna again!