alisha b. wormsley
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Children of Nan

(a work in progress) is a metaphor for the survival and power of black women. Children of NAN uses science fiction tropes, historical and anthropological narrative, and origin mythology of race, mysticism and gender. It’s really my survival guide through a history of storytelling, myth and historical narrative about black women in America or the lack of that has always felt oppressive, disempowering and incorrect.

This work is very much informed by Octavia Butler, Zora Neale Hurston, La Jetee by Chris Marker, The Phoenix Papers by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing and the ancient li- braries of Timbouctou.

The plot tells of a distant post apocalyptical future where there are only two groups left on the planet: a group of black women called the Abassi which were the original hu- mans and a group of white men led by the “scientist” who turns out to be the albino son of one of the Abassi, outcast from Africa sent to live in the caves of Europe. Working laterally with history these groups have been at war since the beginning of humanity.

The protagonist of the story is Aditi 34, a woman who was made in a lab by the “scien- tist” using kidnapped Abassi, Nan. Aditi 34 has 3 sisters, Aditi 35, 36 and 37. One by one her sisters disappear and she leaves the lab, goes above ground, to find them. Led by a mysterious guide who is a portal through time she goes a discovery to find NAN.