Cuauhtli Cihuatl

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.”

Photo Credit: D'Santi Nava

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.

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Contributions

Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 1
Issue 06: Centering

Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 1

An introduction by Gris Muñoz, November 2021. Part 1 of 3.

Gris Muñoz
Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 2
Issue 06: Centering

Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 2

An interview between Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz, recorded on July 31, 2021. Part 2 of 3.

Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz
Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 3
Issue 06: Centering

Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 3

A continuation of the interview between Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz, recorded on July 31, 2021. Part 3 of 3.

Cuauhtli Cihuatl and Gris Muñoz
A Día de los Muertos Perspective: My Path with Mictecacihuatl, “Lady of the Dead”
Issue 05: Memoria

A Día de los Muertos Perspective: My Path with Mictecacihuatl, “Lady of the Dead”

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.

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Grief and the Nine-Shower Ritual
Issue 04: Power

Grief and the Nine-Shower Ritual

Sharing her own recent experience, curandera and Indigenous elder Maestra CC walks us through nine showers that guide the bodymindspirit from shock to reintegration.

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La Luz of Your Inner Child
Issue 03: Luz/Illumination

La Luz of Your Inner Child

Curandera Maestra CC teaches us to nurture our inner child with the help of sunlight, moonlight, and spiritual bathing.

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Rebirthing with the Sun’s Energy
Issue 02: Nepantla

Rebirthing with the Sun’s Energy

Curandera and ceremonialist Maestra CC shares prayers and practices for spring equinox and Mexica New Year.

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Seasonal Rituals for Fresh Starts
Issue 06: Centering

Seasonal Rituals for Fresh Starts

Curandera Maestra CC offers a series of simple practices for setting intentions for the new year.

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Featured in

2021 Anthology

Issue 06: Centering

Issue 05: Memoria

Issue 04: Power

Issue 03: Luz/Illumination

Issue 02: Nepantla

Issue 01: Intention

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