Shy Pacheco Hamilton (left) and CCA students, 2017
Community Service Ritual…so that untended Ancestors also remain members of beloved community…
Elders of Ile Orunmila Oshun have been carrying out the Cemetery Sweeping Ritual since the 1980’s as an annual community service project. Each year in the fall season Ile members, friends, and students visit Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery in Oakland. The ritual involves cleaning and feeding the untended graves of ancestors who reside there, and celebrating Oya.
In the past few years, 2016-2018 Ile member Shy Pacheco Hamilton and students from her class Conjure! (California College of Art-CCA) have performed the ritual with Iya Shangobemi. Conjure! is in the Diversity Studies program, a studio art class focussed on African and African Diaspora art, history and culture.