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.”
“I grew up honoring and respecting La Muerte. She was never someone I feared but someone I saw as an energy that is part of life and part of me.” 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.