In the midst of so much imbalance around us, we, The International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) Texas chapter, present a Indigenous People’s Community Day.
We invite community members from Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos, and surrounding areas to join us as we celebrate and honor indigenous cultures.
We will have Mexica Danza prayer from two Kapullis in Texas, and are honored to have Tata Rafael Jesús González and Gerardo Omar Marín lead a performance and workshop.
More on our honorary guest speakers:
Tata Rafael Jesús Gonzáles
Rafael Jesús González, born in the bicultural/bilingual setting of El Paso, Texas/Juárez, Chihuahua, is a renowned poet, spiritual leader, historian, and mentor to numerous peace and justice activists around the world. He founded the Mexican American Studies Department at Laney College in Oakland, California and has served as a cultural advisor to the Oakland Museum for the past 15 years. Rafael performs and lectures throughout Turtle Island/Abya Yala to encourage a peaceful revolution of consciousness, led by love. He was just announced as the 1st Poet Laureate of Berkeley, CA.
His work is now being archived at UT Austin's Latin American Studies Library.
Gerardo Omar Marín
from the Chihuahua deserts’ El Paso, TX border; Gerardo is generator of connection, love, and motivation whose being is rooted in traditional Mexican healing art, agriculture, and music. For twelve years based in Oakland, CA; he has dedicated his service to boost the power and inter-cultural unity in youth, social justice, and Mother Earth rights networks across Abya Yala (Guna name for “the Americas”). Gera mentors youth, community organizers, and educators in indigenous mindfulness practices, ritual, and inner-resilience practices to recharge their souls and bodies. He loves to facilitate Power Up Circles that include physical training, dance, stress-relief breathing techniques, and relaxing meditation. Gera is also a trainer and (Ollín-Teotl) movement building mentor for Rooted in Community National Youth Food Sovereignty and Justice Network that activates youth leadership for building a just, sustainable, and nourishing food systems.
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