At PEX Summer Fest five years ago, Geri Omni envisioned a group of women performing a tribal dance before the effigy burn. Inspired by the talented, strong and communal integrity of the PEX community, she invited women of PEX to join, asking them to share a pivotal experience of their life and create a movement around that experience. The movements are choreographed into a dance that honors each woman’s experience and story.
That same year, at the Summerfest campground, a bridge was built across the lake, connecting Meso Creso closer to the rest of the festival for the first time. As Geri marveled at this simple yet genius addition, she also realized that bridge building is the key to- well, everything, and Setu (meaning ‘bridge’) Tribe was born.
Setu Tribe provides a platform for each woman to connect to herself, to discover, express and share her unique individual and collective gifts. We help each other to become the highest version of ourselves, which we carry into our families, communities and the world.
“Ubuntu,” which means “I am because we are” is a simple motto derived from South Africa that our Tribe has adopted to remind us that we are one another’s keepers, that we are only as strong as our weakest link, and that we are stronger together.
The power of Setu Tribe connects us all to our roots and our humanity with healing, stirring and uplifting stories through movement.
The Setu Tribe performance is a gathering of 20-30 women, sharing a 15 minute long, collectively choreographed tribal dance. In addition to creating their own movements, each woman crafts her own costume and before each performance engages in a ritual of painting each other with tribal markings.