CUAUHTLI CIHUATL, known as Maestra CC, is an Indigenous elder and founder of Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin in New Mexico. She is a Mexhika Huesteca, Raramuri, and Lipan Apache ceremonialist. She holds a J.D., a Ph.D. in public health and community education, and a master’s degree in social work. Now retired, she spends her energy on her Jardin Patzin. Her mission is to share her Abuelita's traditions, for “la medicina es para todos.”
Editor's note: We are saddened to share that our beloved contributor Maestra CC transitioned on December 14, 2021. We are forever grateful for the medicina she shared in Ofrenda Magazine.
An introduction by Gris Muñoz, November 2021. Part 1 of 3.
An interview between Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz, recorded on July 31, 2021. Part 2 of 3.
A continuation of the interview between Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz, recorded on July 31, 2021. Part 3 of 3.
Maestra CC weaves together a reflection on her lifelong relationship with death, the Mexhika tradition of el Día de los Muertos, and her current bout with cancer.