Patricia Chicueyi Coatl was born in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the original name of Mexico City, and comes from a lineage of Nahua temazcaleros, pulqueros, growers, and protectors of huauhtli (amaranth), tlaolli (corn), etl (beans), metl (agaves). She is the founder and leader of Calpulli Huey Papalotl, a danza Mexica cultural circle in Huchiun, Berkeley, California. She is also the founder of Calmecac Tlalocan, a Nahuatl higher education institution with the purpose to share, cultivate, and nurture the knowledge of the Nahuatl ancestors. She teaches year-round at Calmecac Tlalocan and has been invited to teach at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, California College of the Arts, City College of San Francisco, as well as several Native circles and other institutions in the U.S. and México City.
Excerpts from the special event featuring stories of Indigenous feminine wisdom.
Patricia Chicueyi Coatl weaves memories, teachings from the Nahua cosmovision, and wisdom for our bodies in this reflective essay.
How do you say “all my relations” in Nahuatl? Scholar, healing practitioner, and Nahuatl speaker Chicueyi Coatl explains the meaning of the word nepantla.