A Dance influenced trek, guided upon an Ancestral Sojourn, utilizing Genealogy as our tool to invoke Ancestral healing, restore Family Charters, and strengthen Communal kinship -- and taking names! *Please take part in the resources and information provided below. We are excited about advancing your discovery. #yourstorymatters   ~nzoCALIFAncestry

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Regina Califa Calloway offers services as Co-facilitator/ Workshop leader / Professional Teaching Artist for Conferences, Retreats, and Communal rites. She shares tools and wisdom that invokes an Ancestral Healing component drawing upon its vital role of personal identity and spiritual empowerment, with a guiding force to rebuild Family. Let's kinship 

email: nzocalifa360@gmail.com  

You can find your Ancestor
YOU CAN FIND your Ancestor

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         Drawing from a rich legacy of Commune+Unity, in shared kinship works we usher a deeply enriched conversation about the critical nature of DNA, Family History, and offer Genealogical resources and research tips.  Yet the intergenerational dynamic of wisdom and vitality exchanged was cosmic! To be continued...
               *see the encore replay available below*

*click link* "BLOOD SEEKS BLOOD" 
       Of kindred Spirits, hailing from Oakland, we are devout Artists, Activists of respective Pioneering and Community legacies; 
We Dance and build with a shared love for our West African Djembe. And as "Big Sister Supreme" Tarika Lewis pour leagues deep of historical recall, I'm honored for this monumental moment to navigate this sacred Spiritual vessel, and listen. Yet, when we speak about Ancestors and Ancestry-- Our Aquarian celestial bodies descend, as the conversation takes flight...next installment, TBD

*Let's connect and kinship today*

More than history, amplify YOUR story starting with the Ancestral Wisdom of your Family. 

Be inspired by the research unearthing of Field Research Genealogist 
R. Califa Calloway, Curator & Professional Teaching Artist


Begin Your Family Tree to Discover your Ancestor's names

(double click to download the template; fill in line #1 with your name; #2 (father) & #3 (mother) 
#FamilyHistory #Genealogy Where the Story continues with YOU! #nzoCALIFAncestry 
Download the chart, write your name on line number one; 2 & 3 are your Parents, 
fill out the rest the best you can. Scroll down to our Genealogy resources of inspiration below. 
And or contact me to advance your steps nzocalifa360@gmail.com;
I'm already excited about your Sojourn of DISCOVERY.


It was just the day before where I met with a couple of sojourners interested to 
advance their Family History; We worked on their current research, made some 
fantastic discoveries, and ventured into DNA introduction, it was a great day. 
The NEXT DAY when I arrived at the Library, I was met with this! 
March 20, 2020
Communal kinship workshops enable us to weave together 
the fabric of our stories, by unearthing Family surnames.



 [click on the highlighted links]

Where Beginners Learn to tell their story
African Ancestored Genealogy Database / Surnames / Info Resource
Get your Genealogy Research in order: Cases, Methods & Strategies
Largest Family History Database Resource
Reflecting the lives of Blended families from African & Native American families.
Viewing African American History through a Genealogical Lens
genealogy. photography. and all the stuff in between.


Tony Burroughs, Founder, CEO Center for Black Genealogy
"Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing
the African American Family Tree"

Legendary Genealogist, Lecturer and Foremost Expert in the field of African American Genealogy

A MUST HAVE & READ: Celebrated Genealogy Expert and Host of Genealogy Road Show
Kenyatta D. Berry. An invaluable resource and keepsake to advance Genealogical Family History Research. Order here: https://kenyattaberry.com/
The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the 
Old West (1867–1906), James R. Morgan III





pathways blazed [archives]

Summer 2019: Duly honored to have served as a Community presenter at Winston-Salem's legendary National Black Theatre Festival. nzoCALIFAncestry ushered Genealogy in a milestone moment, as Attendees shared just how rich and deep the soil of the Carolinas is. Entrenched with Historical legacies of Civil Rights, 1st African-Am Institutions to the generational effects of Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and Southern racism impacting the Black Family today; we prayed, praised, and recommitted to re-building our Family Trees. Winston-Salem was a deeply moving experience of unity, long roots, and cultivating legacy. I look forward to my return to continue #workingmylines and #NBTF2021.


Our driving fuel to conduct on the groundworks in the Community and research abroad are generous donations from aligned Supporters, Students & those "Working their lines". 
Thank you for your investment & vital contributions to Dancestory2019


Fueled by Family and Community Support, advanced the next steps of this 
Dance-inspired venture of the Season, bridging Communal kinship, researching 
Family History, NEXT LEVEL!

My sophomoric sojourn to RootsTech2018 keen approach to gathering resources and attending workshops specific to my services. Gathering mega resources of information, I quelled the burning research questions from clients and community members, as we dove a little deeper into de-mystifying DNA/Genetics/Genealogy ~R. Califa, #nzoCALIFAncestry

Duly honored to be in the service, taking names and elevating ours. 
What is your Family  History next moves? 
Contact me for a kinship session. nzocalifa360@gmail.com
Attended the Motherlode of Genealogy/Technological Conferences in the Country in 2017, launched my Sophomoric sojourn, and share how at #Regina2Rootstech2018

A phenomenal encounter made possible by my great Friends, Family & Community; my works are now ROOTStech fueled with laser focus, grand stewardship, and Ancestral inspirations. #workingmylines #danceyourdestiny #Dancestory2017

A special note of gratitude to my donors and the success of my campaign: 
 Salt Lake City, Utah.

#nzoCALIFAncestry   #workingmylines   #danceyourdestiny

Dancestory2015 "Whose Do You Belong?"
Listen to my interview about nzoCALIFA Dancestory
hosted by journalist Wanda Sabir of Wandaspicks.com


In sweet #remembrance with dedication and inspiration, I give thanks to those who've supported me in championing the discovery of yOUR stories, catapulting another fantastic year of #Dancestory2015 aptly entitled:

"Whose Do You Belong?" 
inspired by my Father [ iba'e ] 
Joined in partnership with a vanguard of Eldership and aligned stewards, we begin to chronicle the works celebrating the legacies of Cultural gatekeepers that have enriched the lives of so many, finding it necessary to preserve these stories in perpetuity.

     Your continued support subsidizes costs involving files organization, digitizing files, creating archival formats, work hours transposing data scanned documents and document retrieval -
Sounds tedious?! Well trust, I get-geeked about this work and every donation offered forward.
Please stay tuned, in contact, and do share a good word about #Dancestory2015.

Thank you bit-by-bit &
naming names along the way!

 Our Kinship platforms on Facebook 
*click links below*
"Nzo Califa Dance Works"
"Kongo SQ West Kinship Society

#Dancestory2014 - Ancestral walk to Ayiti

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti [Aug/Sept2014] -- Our visit to Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH) revealed the depth of history preserved from fascinating to harrowing, as it was also a mausoleum for holding the remains of the nation's Freedom fighters and Founding Fathers; some instances displayed the incorrigible drippings of greed exhibiting collections of objects bearing immeasurable wealth, 
by King's and Queen's of the land. 
       Ultimately I was excitedly overwhelmed by all of the data, facts, especially at the Museum's entrance, listing over 102 ethnic origins of Africans enslaved and shipped to the island...Solongo, Bissayol, Adiola and Tiambas to name a few, the most being from 
"Afrique du Centre-Ouest", not to mention indigene cultural contributions Taino, Sibonney, and the Arawak who were said to have migrated to the area from Venezuela in canoes, and to have "given the sacred asson" to the Vodou rites in Haiti. It certainly sent my mind into a tailspin of possibilities extending my research and service to perhaps delving into these historical archives, or municipal records and corroborate some family connections, strengthening Family lines...bit-by-bit
[excerpt from #Dancestory2014 GoFundMe campaign]


         #Dancestory2014 - Working da Lines - In the LAB! [click] #Dancestory2014 for updates]
Inspirational Mino Women [Our Mothers] Fon Warriors of the Dahomey Kingdom

 Live from #MAAGI! 
Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute

MAAGI2013 site -Historic Institution for producing the nations 1st African-Am educators

#Dancestory2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. Having launched from post-crash SFO, simply ecstatic to have traveled well and arrived safely. Institute Director, Charles Brown, Jr piloted the way to ensure my stay, as I touched down and was warmly welcomed by kinship Kreative  Pandemonium, Weedie and Andrea for a wonderful night in “ da Lou”. Gillespie Hall ushered a good night’s rest in the dorms upon the Historical Harris-Stowe State University. This historically Black public University is at the forefront for producing some of the nation’s first Educators.

My study trek core is “Genealogy as a Profession” led by the nationally acclaimed Angela Y. Waltoncreator of excellent starter source "The Beginning Genealogist" *  co-presented along with leading researchers in the field, such as 

#MAAGI Registration badge
Shelley Murphy of Afro American Historical Genealogy Society – Central Virginia Chapter, and Nicka Smith, photographer, genealogist blogger with a noted site of East Carroll parish and chronicling her journey: http://blog.atlasfamily.org  Ms. Angela is a researcher and Blogger and nationally renown for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records.  She presents a multitude of reasons to blog, recanting compelling stories, and more. The class was led to engage in a brisk “lunch brunch” chat on Afrigeneas.com.  This chat session online is like a freeway of information exchange of core members, experts, and community associations. It was completely exhilarating to participate with the organization that sponsored my tuition as I was enthusiastically congratulated.

My morning was like *whoosh*, the trek is fast here with jewels and gems of #Genealogy information shared, specializing in various topics of African Ancestored Family histories.   After ooohhh’s and ahhaa’s at the breakfast chat listening to a wealth of personal stories connecting to Africa to freeborn Africans in Virginia, my class of the day begins with Bernice Bennett blogtalk host of  “Research at the National Archives and Beyond” with over 164,00 listeners to her show.  Bernice gives us an assignment to produce our own blogtalk radio show – by this evening *gulp* I volunteered to help the brand, suggest talent, and contribute creative content. Launched LIVE July 10, 2013, from #‎MAAGI at the Historical            Harris-Stowe State University, listen in as Institute classmate Callie Flournoy-Riser shares her #‎genealogy journey to Cameroon with our class host Gary Franklin. Here's the broadcast link: http://bit.ly/134oWEp.
When I think of my experience at Midwestern African-American Genealogy Institute this year in St. Louis, I think back that just a couple of months ago, my family buried my 1st cousin who was my age...Her beautiful transcendental Spirit of perseverance is my fast pass to live my life NOW, which lead to my Scholarship Award from Afrigeneas.com making it possible to attend #MAAGI. Grateful to have re-connected with living my life's passion and for having participated in such an unforgettable experience. //                         
*This article appears in part from blog: "Working da Lines" 
via nzoCALIFA Dance Works on wordpress.com

06.20.2013 #Dancestory2013 NEWS: *still recovering from a natural high* 
     THIS EVE, I received notification of CONGRATULATIONS as the recipient of the AfriGeneas Scholarship Award recipient covering tuition to study at the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)! Certainly, the crown piece of my sojourn, as I’ll prepare to be immersed in 4 lectures a day over a 3 day period. 2013 marks the Institute’s inaugural year featuring genealogy leaders and experts specializing in African Ancestored family history research, held at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri. My Study track Genealogy as a Profession will be conducted by the illustrious Angela Y. Walton-Raji, nationally renowned researcher and founding member of Afrigeneas.com, where participants will focus upon strategies for teaching, lecturing, writing and taking our practice to the next level and so much more, #RiteOn. 
I humbly thank Afrigeneas.com, MAAGI, the one above & the “divine9″ representing the jumpoff at  http://www.gofundme.com/Dancestory2013
note: Interested in tracing your roots, don’t know where to start, here’s the perfect place “the beginning” with Angela Y. Walton-Raji’s site:  http://beginninggenealogist.com/ 

Part of Field Workshop series: Working da lines”                 
 [June 16th - November 2013]

@nzoCALIFA “Dancestory” is a guided movement source of embodied knowledge, 
 UNEARTHED. It incites exploration of cultural pathways and Ancestral histories, bridged 
with field-research and Genealogical advancement through technology.

Through self-inquiry of unfolding “the Dance” Dancestory further examines:

WHY WE Dance and its potential mediumship for service,
WHAT of any of our Dance experience do we know is inherited, learned and or embodied
HOW can one’s role as a Dance “Medium”, serve as a social change agent of empowerment. 

In a collective vision, Dancestory aims to stimulate the development of multi-cultural
Dance Teacher modalities to impact, presenting platforms and community-building initiatives 
and to facilitate the development of a shared repertoire progressively impacting communities 

nzoCALIFA Dancestory’s deep works draw from an evolutionary mission to keep encoded 
sources of African Ancestral Legacies linked, vital and in the continuum.

Regina "Califa" Calloway
Artistic Curator / Teaching-Artist
email: nzocalifa360@gmail.com
twitter: @nzoCALIFA | *click link* Dancestory Video Intro