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Editor’s Introduction

Centering Our Community

We’re switching things up a little for the last issue of 2021.

As we circle back and consider all that we’ve accomplished and shared this year, we wanted to take pause to honor and celebrate those who make this work possible: our supporters and contributors.

One of our most prolific contributors is Cuauhtli Cihuatl, whom many of you know as Maestra CC. A beloved healer from New Mexico, CC has generously gifted Ofrenda with several writings, one for each issue so far.

To celebrate CC and to say thank you for all she has shared with us, I invited storyteller and healer Gris Muñoz to write a profile about her. As Gris shares in her interview, author Luis Alberto Urrea describes Gris as a “rock and roll curandera” in the foreword to her book, Coatlicue Girl. This phrase stuck with me, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it again as a description for Maestra CC in Eliseo “Cheo” Torres’s book, Curandero: Traditional Healers of Mexico and the Southwest (p. 33). I thought it would be great to connect the two “rock and roll curanderas”—to hear their stories and to learn from all that their storied lives might teach us. So as an extended feature in this issue of Ofrenda Magazine, we offer you Gris’s essay as well as an edited transcript of their interview together. This is a shorter issue than we usually produce, but we wanted to give full attention to CC and her wisdom. May you be blessed by her ofrendas.

In this issue, we also pause to celebrate the members of our “Community Marketplace,” a space on our website where we offer free advertising for the small business owners of our community. We encourage you to take a look and get to know the people and the stories behind the businesses advertised* there. Let’s support each other as we head into the holiday season.

See you in 2022,

Marcy Carbajal, Editor in Chief

*Legal disclaimer: We share advertisements as a service to our community, but this service does not constitute official endorsement by Ofrenda Magazine. We do not accept any liability for the content of the advertisements, promises advertised, or the claims made.

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Centering

A tribute to Cuauhtli Cihuatl and other members of our community. Cover art by Celeste Contreras.

Issue 06: Centering

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