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Reflections, spiritual journeys, healing encounters, and experiences of transformation—shared through creative essays, poems, and art.

Cultivating the Gender Expansive Within
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Cultivating the Gender Expansive Within

Taking cues from the natural world and claiming fluid ancestor-kin

Words by Pepe Santamaría
Poetry Is My Medicine, Our Healing
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Poetry Is My Medicine, Our Healing

“With it, I also write the bones of my ancestors free.”

Words by Ruth Nakamura
Where the Serpent Dwells
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Where the Serpent Dwells

A testimonio of life, healing, shapeshifting, and rebirth.

Words and Art by Audrya Flores
The Red Loom
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The Red Loom

Woven memories plus an invitation to learn Mayan backstrap weaving—an ancestral art full of tradition and stories, which can help us connect to both our past and future lineages. (Includes special event details.)

Words by Sarah Monroy Solís
Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 3
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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
Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 2
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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 1
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Maestra Cuauhtli Cihuatl: A Plática and Medicine Story, Part 1

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

Gris Muñoz
Ijkwania Ejekat (Moving Wind)
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Ijkwania Ejekat (Moving Wind)

Sharing her own traditions for Día de los Difuntos, Yoshabel Shay reminds us to be like ijkwania ejekat, the moving wind, as we prepare ourselves for personal transformation each fall.

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

Cuauhtli Cihuatl
...if it all means nothing.
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...if it all means nothing.

“If nothing else, Earth wants you to pause to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, to feel the breeze, to listen to the crunch of leaves, and to remember all the past year has brought. And the years before that.” Writer and consultant Cameron Navarro encourages us to pause, grieve, and treasure each moment.

Cameron Navarro
Ofrendas for Grandpa
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Ofrendas for Grandpa

“The picture is black and white. Its plain black frame encloses the sixties, and the setting is the dust of New Mexico in the juniper winds of spring, the sneezing breezes of their pollen-scattering rituals.” An exquisite tribute from poet Ruth Nakamura.

Ruth Nakamura
Momma’s Dreaming
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Momma’s Dreaming

Artist Tamara Torres crafts a stunning vignette in both words and images, honoring a sweet memory of her momma.

Tamara Torres
Blue Corn, Mixed Masa, and the Occasional Magic Trick
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Blue Corn, Mixed Masa, and the Occasional Magic Trick

“I’m stealing memories. Memories of a dirt floor, broken chicken necks and laundry snapping in the wind... The warm taste of cow’s milk and a little girl hand stitching colorful thread through a butter-stained napkin.” Writer Manya Yana Campos recounts memories that form her self-identity.

Manya Yana Campos
Philosophy as Power
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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
Staying Afloat
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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
A Xicana’s Reflection on Life, Ceremonial Rootedness, and Environmental Justice
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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
Rage and El Llanto as Medicine
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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
Verano: A Meditation on Motherhood
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Verano: A Meditation on Motherhood

New Mexico writer Leeanna T. Torres shares a beautiful essay about connecting with her mother over RuPaul’s Drag Race—and the interconnections among us all.

Leeanna T. Torres
Nepantlera—Becoming Verb: Shapeshifting in the Modern World
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Nepantlera—Becoming Verb: Shapeshifting in the Modern World

The author‘s dedication to her grandmother and an anthem of becoming.

Brandi Amara Skyy
Being Mixed Race
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Being Mixed Race

How does it feel to not fit neatly into any one category? Poet and Musician DeAnna Avis shares her experience through verse.

DeAnna Avis
Blaxicana Futures, Part 1
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Blaxicana Futures, Part 1

Like the New Mestiza in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera, La Blaxicana is both personal and collective. The testimonio is mine but may also be yours. —Naya Jones

Naya Jones
Ni de aquí, ni de allá
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Ni de aquí, ni de allá

Artivist Sabrina Zarco invites us into her artistic process.

Sabrina Zarco
Living la Vida Pocha
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Living la Vida Pocha

Podcasters Charlene Bencomo and Kat Sánchez turn the disparaging term "pocha" into a source of pride.

Charlene Bencomo and Kat Sánchez
stillness.
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stillness.

On learning to live with uncertainty through mindfulness.

Cameron Navarro
Ofrendando del Corazón: Queer Xicana Indígena Root Work
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Ofrendando del Corazón: Queer Xicana Indígena Root Work

A testimony of learning and practicing self-love with the help of Mexican traditional medicine.

Susy Zepeda
My Father’s Ghost
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My Father’s Ghost

On the healing journey of discovering ancestral languages. A touching essay by writer Sarah Monroy Solis.

Sarah Monroy Solis
Revelations: Temples Within
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Revelations: Temples Within

Artist Sean Guerra shares their story of healing through art.

Sean Guerra
Remembering Who You / I / We Are for 2021
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Remembering Who You / I / We Are for 2021

Professor Cinthya Saavedra shares her spiritual and healing journey and offers a meditative centering prayer.

Words by Cinthya M. Saavedra
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