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1) Disso a pakakitaan kadagiti mula;
2) Ambiente ti pannakasursuro;
3) Maysa nga espasio ti metaforiko a jardin a pakatagikuaan manen iti duogan nga adal ken pannakapasantak kadagiti baro a wagas ti panagammo;
4) Maysa a dap-ayan a nairamut kadagiti filosopia ken aramid dagiti Ilokano iti kontexto ti pagsasao ken kulturada iti uneg ken ruar ti Region iti Ilocos, iti Amianan a Filipinas, ken kadagiti komunidad nga Ilokano iti sibubukel a pagilian ken iti diaspora.

Pag+mul+mula+an (n.)

1) Place of Plants or Place of Planting;
2) A learning environment;
3) A metaphorical garden space where we reclaim ancestral knowledge and cultivate new ways of knowing;
4) A gathering space rooted in the philosophies and practices of the Ilokano people in the context of their language and culture within and outside the Ilocos Region, the Northern Philippines, and Ilokano communities throughout the country and in the diaspora.

Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt (b. 1987, Phoenix, Arizona, United States) received her BA in German Studies from Lewis & Clark College in 2008. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose current work reflects on her studies of the Ilokano language and process of uncovering and relearning her Philippine ancestry. Through photography, textiles, video, and print, she explores how relationships to land/daga/‘āina manifest in diasporic communities and culture. She is currently a candidate for an MFA in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

See more at @bigbigbigthings or

Entrance View of Pag+mul+mula+an
Installation view
Cushions & seating made from traditional Ilokano woven cloth, inabel, and repurposed vintage and found materials
The artist adding the final leaf layer to the collective weaving.
ManGoFreeMan’s niog/coconut leaf preparation workshop and hat-weaving demonstration.
Nanea Lum and participants in her kalo/gabi/taro harvesting demonstration.
Cushion details.
Kanen ni Namongan, Namongan’s food, an excerpt from the Biag ni Lam-ang epic poem, digital inkjet print on woven cotton, 2020.
A Good American Education, archival images of American schools in the Philippines c. 1900s from the Library of Congress, International Mission Photography Archive at the University of Southern California, and the Missouri Historical Society, archival inkjet prints, 2020
Detail of cushions stuffed with shredded paper from various University of Hawai’i offices.
Installation view looking into bamboo garden.
Bamboo bench
Pag+mul+mula+an zine (copies still available, please contact Rebecca to order)

March 8 – April 9, 2020
The Art Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


Starting Saturday, March 14, we have decided to suspend all programming that was scheduled as part of Pag+mul+mula+an at UH Art Gallery until further notice. Please build your immunity by taking time to build your relationship with all kinds of plantcestors – lemon, calamansi, turmeric, ginger, tulsi, ginger, lemongrass, rosemary, reishi, shiso, oregano, burning sage or cedar, and more!

Pag+mul+mula+an, or “Place of Plants”, is a learning environment, a metaphorical garden space for the reclamation of ancestral knowledge and the generation of new ways of knowing. Rooted in the philosophies and practices of the Ilokano language and its wide-reaching diasporic culture, this “school within a school” will host workshops, artist talks, and film screenings inspired by our plantcestors: kawayan, unas, marunggay, bagas, niog, and more!

Many events and conversations will be held in this space throughout the duration of the exhibition. Please see below for details on each event. All events listed below are FREE! and open to the public.

Please note that Gallery Hours are:
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 – 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
By appointment Spring Recess, Mar. 16 – 20
Closed Saturdays; Prince Kūhiō Day, Mar. 26
Free admission. Donations are appreciated.

Parking on campus is free on Sundays and $7 flat rate after 4pm on weekdays.

Opening Reception

Sunday, March 8, 2020
1:30pm Artist Walkthrough
3 – 5pm Reception

Join the 2020 MFA cohort to celebrate the opening of Pag+mul+mula+an and the four other thesis exhibitions! Karaoke, coconuts, art.


Join artists for demos and talks on experiencing plant materials in traditional and innovative ways.


Monday, March 9 – Kalo w/Nanea Lum
Tuesday, March 10 – Walis-making w/Rebecca
Wednesday, March 11 – Palm-leaf weaving w/ManGoFreeMan
Thursday, March 12 @ 12-2pm – Wauke w/Nikau Hindin


Walang Rape sa Bontok Screening & Collective Rice Conversation with Kuya Adrian Alarilla

Friday, March 13, 2020
6 – 8:30pm

Join History PhD candidates, Adrian Alarilla & Caroline Tacata, for a film screening and collective conversation around independent film Walang Rape sa Bontok (Bontok, Rapeless) by Habi Collective followed by a virtual conversation with filmmakers, Carla Ocampo & Lester Valle. Adrian & Caroline will touch on the film’s themes of indigenous lifeways, feminism, colonialism, and environmental histories.

Please RSVP on Facebook!

With support from SEED Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) Grant.


Cordillera Talkback: Sustainability for Whom? Fighting for Land, Life & Resources with Manang Grace Caligtan

Sunday, March 22, 2020
2 – 4pm


Marunggay Moves: Migratory Plant Tales with Manang Nadezna Ortega

Monday, March 30, 2020
12 – 2pm

Manang Nadine’s storytelling workshop will lead participants on a narrative-spinning activity using the history of marrunggay’s presence in Hawai’i as a central narrative. We will share tales of migration, movement, and medicine while getting to know the marunggay plant and its uses. Participants will be asked to bring a plant (or find one in the Free Garden) that relates to a personal story of movement.


Guided Meditation & Cosmology Mapping with Sarita Doe
+ Performative Lecture by champoy

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
3 – 6pm

Artist-partners and co-parents Sarita Dougherty and champoy regenerate culture with their ancestors, imagination and the Earth. Moving in and out of institutional and reclaimed spaces, the two build habitat and pedagogies for play and resilience! Inspired by the flexibility of bamboo, they will relay alter/native methods for learning, decolonizing and generating rhizomatic resilience. Sarita will guide participants in a meditation and cosmology-mapping inspired by her DIY PhD and Dissertation: A Textbook for the Ecocene. Sarita will lead participants in a guided meditation followed by her ongoing pedagogical practice to map the world we are co-creating. Center, then imagine the world that you deeply feel empowered, nurtured by, and one in return that you empower, nurture. Together we will draft circular imaginings and drawings of visions of sustainable life on this abundant planet. champoy will give a performative talk on unlearning, bypassing modernism, and burning colonial bridges. champoy’s indio-futurismo work interweaves Filipino epistemologies with found objects and humor to immerse viewers in decolonial masculinity and play.

Sarita & champoy will be sharing their work in an additional off-site exhibition at Aupuni Space opening on Friday, March 27th.

With support from SEED Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) Grant.

Lumad Women from Sabokahan & Liyang Network Speaking Tour

Friday, April 3, 2020
5 – 8pm
Location to be Announced

With support from UHM Student Activities and Program Fee Board.


Ninunong Gamot: Philippine Plant Medicine Workshop & Closing Ceremony with Manang Angela Angel

Thursday, April 9, 2020
2 – 4pm

Join herbalist, artist and traditional medicine keeper, Angela Angel for a workshop focusing on deepening our work with ancestral medicine. We will work with herbs that are locally available to us including a host of bitters (herbs for the digestive system to help cleanse the liver, support the gut and create easeful flow in the body) and nervines (herbs for the nervous system to help with stress and emotional support)– including ampalaya/paria (bittermelon), malunggay (moringa), mangosteen, saluyot (jute) and ylang-ylang. We will use traditional Filipino folk methods and western techniques to work with each plant. Class time will include Herbalism 101, hands-on experience on learning how to make different herbal medicines as well as ritual-based traditional healing techniques. Each participant will go home with their own herbal medicine goodies made in class, a traditional, medicinal lunch we will make and practical herbal and traditional knowledge that will be useful for lifetimes on.

Please RSVP here!

With support from SEED Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) Grant.

Ninunong Gamot: Philippine Ancestral Medicine 2-day Intensive with Manang Angela Angel

Friday April 17 – Saturday April 18

Join herbalist and traditional medicine keeper, Angela Angel, for a 4-part class series focusing on deepening our work with ancestral medicine. Classes include working on our physical and energetic body systems with: Philippine Herbal medicine, Medicinal Foods and Healthy Traditional Cooking, Ancestral Healing and Creating our Personal Practices for Wellness, and Hilot (Massage and Chiropractic Care)

Please note details on the flyer and register here.