Capoeira: Social, Environmental & Global

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SALVADOR, BA– I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to the state of Bahia, Brazil. To the pulsing, lively, vibrant city of Salvador. My goals were to take a course in Portuguese, stay with a host family, and learn more about the art of Capoeira right from the source. While these goals were certainly a lifetime opportunity, the deeper realizations from them offer other life changing opportunities not yet manifested.

As I mentioned, Salvador is the birthplace of the art of Capoeira. The Portuguese colonists took with them a tragic slave trade, which lasted longer than any other slave industry in the world. Almost 4 million displaced Africans took with them similar fight dances to Capoeira, which laid the art’s foundation to what it is today. In Brazil, interactions with diverse people groups, the social and political structures, as well as the local sense of place and environment, shaped the art. During the time of Slavery, it was a way to train, stay empowered, maintain a cultural identity, and more. Today, it is an active and growing symbol of freedom, birthed from a resistance to oppression and domination. For a more detailed history of the art itself, click here.

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Common Nighthawk Migration

Photo credit: Philip Simmons,
Photo credit: Philip Simmons,

August 25th, 2013

CONSERVE SCHOOL– It’s late August on a warm clear evening. The cicada siren sounds well beyond the sunset. Patches of red and yellow appear on the outer fringes of every 9th tree just slightly hinting of Fall.

I was having a rather lethargic evening, trying to force myself to get out for a jog. Even once warmed up, it was one of those days where it was tough to stay in motion.

But then I saw a Common Nighthawk. “Neat”, I thought to myself. I always thought they had a magical way about them in flight, swooping and diving unpredictably yet agile. If you haven’t seen one before, they migrate over rural and urban places alike, usually visible over fields or golf courses. In June, they’re quite adapted to urban areas, and can be heard on summer nights with their nasally “meiigh” hunting call. Continue reading “Common Nighthawk Migration”