New Earth Resiliency Training Module is a program that teaches an ethos of self reliance and of living closer to the earth, especially within an urban environment. Drawing upon its surrounding resources, it treats the city as a catalyst for building relations with various neighborhoods and communities. The program strengthens the resiliency of the neighborhood by activating young people and equipping them with skills, knowledge, and an adaptive world view. It also empowers youth by treating them as authorities of their own environment. Studying folk craft and tracing the genesis of ideas, objects and beliefs is an effort to re-wilding ourselves.
"Do not go where the path may lead,
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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CASITA PRESENTS: NYCHA ARTIST RESIDENCY WITH TATTFOO TAN AT CLAREMONT VILLAGE from casitamariabx on Vimeo. with Yaniris Brioso, Victor Corporan, Marielly Espinal,Cassidy Guzmen, Rokiatou Kaba, Steven Martinez, Shawn Mazyck, Dylan Ortiz, Nourdine Sankara, Katarina Tejeda, Rangely Valerio. Video by Argenis Apolinario
Master basic knife skills including various chopping, sharpening technics and safety rules. This exercise encourage a more healthy eating habits and empower youth to take control of their health. Understanding culture in fermented food and it's history.
Mashed potato and entomophagy
"What lies behind you and what lies
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dehydrated Kale Chips
Sewing is a form of meditation and can calm the mind. It is also a forgotten skill that is needed especially among our youth. We wanted to cultivete a frugal culture and not a thrown away one. We wanted to purchase goods that function well, repairable and hand them down the generation. We need to appreciates craftmanship. It start with this simple sandwich bag which is coated with mineral oil and beewax. It is great to store sandwich and cheeses and can replace ziplock bag and cling wrap.
Our ancient ancestors sought to explain the relations governing the social order, the workings of the cosmos, and the mysteries surrounding birth and rebirth. The eye of the needle, for example, was understood as the entrance to heaven while the thread was the Spirit that sought to return to its Source. Creation is a kind of sewing in this version of the story as God wields his solar, pneumatic needle. Man is conceived as a jointed creature similar to a marionette or puppet but held together by an invisible thread-spirit. When this thread is cut, a man dies, comes “unstrung,” and his bones separate at the joints.
Knot enthusiasts like to say that civilization is held together by knots, but if you take a look around, you may begin to see the truth behind the quip. You could start by scrutinizing your shoes. They’re tied, undoubtedly, with the first knot that you ever learned, the famous shoelace knot, or bowknot, or as some knot experts prefer to call it, the double-slipped reef knot: a knot that combines a simple half-hitch with those two bunny-eared loops to create an ingenious little mechanism, taut enough to keep your feet snugly sheathed but with a built-in quick-release that can free them in an instant, with a single tug on a string. Glance in the mirror and you may find more knots: the one in your necktie, perhaps, or the one made by the elastic band that is wound around to hold your hair in place. Your hair itself might be plaited into a braid: another knot. Knotting/shoelacing site.
New Earth Resiliency Training Module (NERTM) is a series of tours, workshops and sessions organized by artist Tattfoo Tan that highlight climate change, preparedness and resiliency by training self-reliance and the ethos of living closer to the earth within an urban environment. The project explores these and related topics in the context of Freshkills Park and Staten Island communities.
These programs are made possible by an Original Work Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Tattfoo Tan will lead a group ride around the East Park loop dressed in “horo,” a resilient cloak worn by warriors on horseback in feudal Japan. The silk “horo” (which translates to arrow catcher) is shaped like a parachute and once worn while bicycling will inflate, transforming into a mobile and social sculpture. This trip emphasizes urban cycling safety and suggests different forms for protective gear.
Learn how to make natural and traditional supplies from your garden with artist Tattfoo Tan as part of BioBlitz! at Freshkills Park. In partnership with Macaulay Honors College, nature lovers and citizen scientists will canvas 400 acres of Freshkills Park to count all of the birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, and plants that call this park home. Find your wild neighbors with us, survey NYC flora and fauna and learn about Pemmican (a traditional power bar of the native and voyagers), Comfrey Salve (a natural antibacterial salve), and more! Ages 12+.
Learn about the different sizes of available backpacks, what they are used for, what necessary supplies to put in them, and then start to train by walking with the weight. We will be celebrating the opening of the 3.2-mile New Springville Greenway, a bike and pedestrian path along Richmond Avenue and the eastern edge of Freshkills Park.
A Smock might be the perfect bug out bag, just use all those pockets for all your essentials and hang the jacket next to your door for a quick exit.
Dandelions, Knotweed, and Mugwort are invading Schmul Park! Learn how to identify the native and invasive plants in Schmul Park while helping to beautify the landscape. Volunteers will each receive their own special edition field notebook as part of the ongoing series of UnCommon Pages workshops. Artist Susan Mills made the paper from Freshkills Park Phragmites and for this October workshop for volunteers, artist Tattfoo Tan will bind books with an enclosed reading list of online resources and books on various survival skills, as well as plenty of pages for field notes.
Base: tahini paste, almond butter