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Dre Jácome

July 27, 2023


Hillsdale, NY


Recorded by

Jae Yates

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In this interview with Dre Jacome, Dre discusses practices of healing, remembering, and tending to plants, land, and community. Dre recounts her early experiences as an anti-police brutality activist, as well as the trauma and burnout that led to her current landwork and herbalism practices where she explores land and soil as ancestral technologies. A child of Ecuadorian and Columbian immigrants, Dre complicates familiar narratives around migration, loss, and family ties. She also discusses the complexities of healing from trauma, the different forms trauma can take, and the bonds that aided in her journey of self care and reclamation. A thunderstorm interrupting the audio led the interview toward Dre’s spiritual beliefs and the interconnected nature of the unseen and material worlds. This interview may be of interest to people interested in herbalism as an embodied practice, land as technology and spiritual modes of self care.

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Jae Yates

Jae Yates is a Black, gender-nonconforming transgender activist, academic, and storyteller. A self-described Black Marxist-Lenist, Jae seeks to analyze the world through the lens of historical materialism, focusing on working class perspectives and the politics of power.

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