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In this issue, we center the images and voices of power as expressed for, through, and alongside water. We center the power of water itself and the power and wisdom of those fighting for the protection of water. We center the wise elders, who, like water, surround us with wisdom and emotional care.

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Editor’s Introduction

The Power of Water, Ceremony, and Justice

How does Mother Earth speak in the late summer? Meditating on this question, I saw water. Big water. Powerful water. The ocean and rivers. Swirling, warm-water storms and thundering rains—and human voices to match. I heard cries and chanting in the heat of the climate crisis. I also heard soothing voices, maternal voices of care for all beings, welling up with the waters of emotion and release.

In this issue, we center the images and voices of power as expressed for, through, and alongside water. We center the power of water itself and the power and wisdom of those fighting for the protection of water. We center the wise elders, who, like water, surround us with wisdom and emotional care.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share the works of this issue’s featured contributors, including climate justice advocates Niria Alicia and Dr. Virginia Necochea, who share their testimonios through words, song, and ceremony; beloved elder Cuauhtli Cihuatl (Maestra CC), who shares a water ritual for releasing grief; and artist-activist Suzy González, who reminds us that “art is not neutral.” I’m also grateful to authors Erika Buenaflor and Marisol Quevedo Rerucha, who have shared excerpts from their recent books. Please read, share, and support their work. I express gratitude for every one of the contributors, for their gifts of creativity, and for the wisdom they openly offer. May you find strength in their words, and may you recognize your own power, especially in the care you offer to the earth.

Marcy Carbajal, Editor in Chief

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Power
SOLD OUT

Power

In this issue, we center the images and voices of power as expressed for, through, and alongside water. We center the power of water itself and the power and wisdom of those fighting for the protection of water. We center the wise elders, who, like water, surround us with wisdom and emotional care.

Issue 04: Power

Web-exclusive articles featuring writers and artists from our community.

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.

Cuauhtli Cihuatl
Philosophy as Power
Issue 04: Power

Philosophy as Power

“At its essence, philosophy is spirit,” says Saraliza Anzaldua, “and by doing philosophy you exercise a spirit that has been passed along through your ancestors—now living in you.”

Saraliza Anzaldua
La Llorona & Water Witness
Issue 04: Power

La Llorona & Water Witness

Poet Nadine Antoinette Maestas reimagines La Llorona as a protector of water, mourning the poisoning of rivers. Retablo by Rebecca Artemisa.

Nadine Antoinette Maestas
Art by Rebecca Artemisa
Staying Afloat
Issue 04: Power

Staying Afloat

“I have no doubt in the power of art,” says Suzy González. “Creative thinkers are needed to progress ideas and movements forward. Art is not neutral, and artists have the choice to create for a purpose.”

Suzy González
Run4Salmon: A 300-Mile Prayer
Issue 04: Power

Run4Salmon: A 300-Mile Prayer

Honoring salmon, water, and sacred migration: Gavin Van Horn’s interview with Xicana Indígena activist Niria Alicia about the Run4Salmon prayer journey. With audio.

Niria Alicia with Gavin Van Horn
Enraizada / Deeply Rooted: Ceremony and Song
Issue 04: Power

Enraizada / Deeply Rooted: Ceremony and Song

A grounding practice and ceremony of song from Xicana Indígena climate-justice organizer Niria Alicia. With audio.

Niria Alicia
Kindred Spirits and Blossoming on Our Path of Destiny: Empowerment in Times of Change
Issue 04: Power

Kindred Spirits and Blossoming on Our Path of Destiny: Empowerment in Times of Change

How might we empower ourselves and even thrive in times of change? Nonprofit leader, consultant, and Toltec energy healer Brenda Salgado says that finding kinship—with both humans and other beings—is key.

Brenda Salgado
A Xicana’s Reflection on Life, Ceremonial Rootedness, and Environmental Justice
Issue 04: Power

A Xicana’s Reflection on Life, Ceremonial Rootedness, and Environmental Justice

“It is the ceremonial teachings that must guide me as I embark on this journey to name, disrupt, and dismantle environmental racism,” says Dr. Virginia Necochea, ED of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

Dr. Virginia Necochea
Restorative Heartset and Mindset
Issue 04: Power

Restorative Heartset and Mindset

What does it mean to be restorative? How can we build a culture of connection, equity, and healing? Educator, writer, and advocate Marisol Quevedo Rerucha shares her wisdom in this excerpt from Beyond the Surface of Restorative Practices.

Words by Marisol Quevedo Rerucha
Art by Tiana Crispino
I Am Here Today
Issue 04: Power

I Am Here Today

Poet Salem Islas-Madlo claims her power as the embodiment of the sacred directions, the elements, and other life on earth. With audio.

Salem Islas-Madlo
Developing Symbolic Communication with Animals
Issue 04: Power

Developing Symbolic Communication with Animals

What might nonhuman animals have to teach you, symbolically? What can you learn from them, and how? Curandera Erika Buenaflor shares her instruction in this excerpt from Animal Medicine.

Erika Buenaflor
Rage and El Llanto as Medicine
Issue 04: Power

Rage and El Llanto as Medicine

How might rage remind us of our sacred power? What does rage have in common with the ocean? Liberation psychologist Adriana L. Medrano shares her testimonio.

Adriana L. Medrano
Art by Tiana Crispino

Issue 04: Power

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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.

Cuauhtli Cihuatl
Philosophy as Power
Issue 04: Power

Philosophy as Power

“At its essence, philosophy is spirit,” says Saraliza Anzaldua, “and by doing philosophy you exercise a spirit that has been passed along through your ancestors—now living in you.”

Saraliza Anzaldua
La Llorona & Water Witness
Issue 04: Power

La Llorona & Water Witness

Poet Nadine Antoinette Maestas reimagines La Llorona as a protector of water, mourning the poisoning of rivers. Retablo by Rebecca Artemisa.

Nadine Antoinette Maestas
Art by Rebecca Artemisa
Staying Afloat
Issue 04: Power

Staying Afloat

“I have no doubt in the power of art,” says Suzy González. “Creative thinkers are needed to progress ideas and movements forward. Art is not neutral, and artists have the choice to create for a purpose.”

Suzy González
Run4Salmon: A 300-Mile Prayer
Issue 04: Power

Run4Salmon: A 300-Mile Prayer

Honoring salmon, water, and sacred migration: Gavin Van Horn’s interview with Xicana Indígena activist Niria Alicia about the Run4Salmon prayer journey. With audio.

Niria Alicia with Gavin Van Horn
Enraizada / Deeply Rooted: Ceremony and Song
Issue 04: Power

Enraizada / Deeply Rooted: Ceremony and Song

A grounding practice and ceremony of song from Xicana Indígena climate-justice organizer Niria Alicia. With audio.

Niria Alicia
Kindred Spirits and Blossoming on Our Path of Destiny: Empowerment in Times of Change
Issue 04: Power

Kindred Spirits and Blossoming on Our Path of Destiny: Empowerment in Times of Change

How might we empower ourselves and even thrive in times of change? Nonprofit leader, consultant, and Toltec energy healer Brenda Salgado says that finding kinship—with both humans and other beings—is key.

Brenda Salgado
A Xicana’s Reflection on Life, Ceremonial Rootedness, and Environmental Justice
Issue 04: Power

A Xicana’s Reflection on Life, Ceremonial Rootedness, and Environmental Justice

“It is the ceremonial teachings that must guide me as I embark on this journey to name, disrupt, and dismantle environmental racism,” says Dr. Virginia Necochea, ED of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

Dr. Virginia Necochea
Restorative Heartset and Mindset
Issue 04: Power

Restorative Heartset and Mindset

What does it mean to be restorative? How can we build a culture of connection, equity, and healing? Educator, writer, and advocate Marisol Quevedo Rerucha shares her wisdom in this excerpt from Beyond the Surface of Restorative Practices.

Words by Marisol Quevedo Rerucha
Art by Tiana Crispino
I Am Here Today
Issue 04: Power

I Am Here Today

Poet Salem Islas-Madlo claims her power as the embodiment of the sacred directions, the elements, and other life on earth. With audio.

Salem Islas-Madlo
Developing Symbolic Communication with Animals
Issue 04: Power

Developing Symbolic Communication with Animals

What might nonhuman animals have to teach you, symbolically? What can you learn from them, and how? Curandera Erika Buenaflor shares her instruction in this excerpt from Animal Medicine.

Erika Buenaflor
Rage and El Llanto as Medicine
Issue 04: Power

Rage and El Llanto as Medicine

How might rage remind us of our sacred power? What does rage have in common with the ocean? Liberation psychologist Adriana L. Medrano shares her testimonio.

Adriana L. Medrano
Art by Tiana Crispino

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Grief and the Nine-Shower Ritual
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Grief and the Nine-Shower Ritual

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Philosophy as Power
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Philosophy as Power

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Kindred Spirits and Blossoming on Our Path of Destiny: Empowerment in Times of Change

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Restorative Heartset and Mindset

What does it mean to be restorative? How can we build a culture of connection, equity, and healing? Educator, writer, and advocate Marisol Quevedo Rerucha shares her wisdom in this excerpt from Beyond the Surface of Restorative Practices.

Words by Marisol Quevedo Rerucha
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I Am Here Today

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Developing Symbolic Communication with Animals

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