PAJ NTAUB CIRCLE
Throughout history, Hmoob people have maintained a cultural legacy through their perseverance to survive during difficult and challenging times. An example is Hmoob clothing. No matter where home may be, Hmoob women have sustained a cultural legacy through clothing. After the Chinese prohibited their writing system, Hmoob women were the ones that invented the idea of sewing Hmoob phrases onto baby carriers to communicate and remember their writing system. Hmoob clothing is an important part in maintaining their culture. Hmoob people can always identify who they are through the clothes they wear. We recognize this very important leadership role in Hmoob womxn, as they took on the painstaking role as the protectors of the community stitching and producing every inch of Hmoob clothing out of hemp. Hmoob womxn are the protectors of our community.
Paj Ntaub Circle provides a safe space and a support network for Hmoob women of all ages in the La Crosse area, connecting them culturally, socially, emotionally, and politically while at the same time preserving the traditional needlework of the Hmoob paj ntaub. Hmoob womxn and young girls can reclaim and rebuild their identity in re-creating the power of traditional arts and roles, which were at one time, the backbone of Hmoob society.
Goals of Paj Ntaub Circle:
Resurrecting the paj ntaub needlework as a mechanism which women become able to oppose violence against Hmoob womxn
Revive paj ntaub needlework as a tool in which Hmoob womxn and girls can reclaim and rebuild their identities
Providing a protected and safe space where womxn are able to share and begin to heal from generations of war, trauma, annihilation and assimilation
Providing a place to share together in a confidential, safe, and open dialogue to support other Hmoob womxn and the Hmoob community
When: Every Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm
Childcare and materials for paj ntaub will be provided. Writing, photography, videography, craft and other creative art forms are additional tools that will be used to explore Hmoob womxn identities. We invite all Hmoob womxn to join Paj Ntaub Circle.