presentations for schools, businesses, organizations, community:


Slides and authentic music, including voiceover narrative of ceremonial lifeways and myth from Dani highlanders and Asmat coastal culture of West Papua/New Guinea.  A Q/A session follows the show, and the audience is invited to participate in a tribal line dance step.
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Ziji Beth Goren lived for several months among tribal hunter-gatherers in villages in the highlands and southwest coast of Papua.  She received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council of New York City to document ceremonial rites and traditions from the viewpoint of creative arts.  The ceremonies detailed in the presentation are the Jipae Feast (honoring ancestors) and Initiation Rites (coming of age).

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Visions for Body-Mind Centering®

A presentation of slides, essential messages, and guided writing and/or moving from images and text drawn from the contents of the book Rapids. Messages are akin to zen-like thought crystals, alighting on principles of weight and gravity; center and balance; organs, voice, and breath; muscles and joints; support and tension; senses; brain patterns; evolution.  Images are taken in black and white. They bring out the essence of the message in ways that embody the words and often strike a chord of humor.

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Ziji Beth Goren is a poet, writer, photography enthusiast and workshop facilitator of Body-Mind Centering® and Authentic Voice-Movement practices.  She received three Massachusetts State Arts Lottery awards from 1982-1986 for performance and publication.  Her poetry has been published in Patchwork Journal (2003, 2004, 2006) and Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) in 2002 and 2003.  Articles and photographs have appeared in  Cultural Survival Quarterly, and most recently in Contact Quarterly Magazine, Caesura Journal, and Currents Journal. Beth was awarded  poetry prizes in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015  from Artists Embassy International.


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