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Kalpulli Ayolopaktzin Learning & Kinship Building Trip – My family participating in the present day preservation of healing with the Atlachinolli, our Legacy, from bottom left to right; Ketzal Ramirez, Alvaro Itzli Ramirez (kneeling), Huitzi Ramirez and top row (standing) Maestro Tonatiuh Velasquez Mendoza building and sharing teachings of the Sacred Fire before preparing for a Anahuaka style Temazcal (sweatlodge), where we heal with herbs and medicinal plants.

The Breath of Life 

Laura Yohualtlahuiz Rios-Ramirez

I was trusted to carry this song when I was rekindling the dormant fires of my Indigenous identity. It was a time in my life when the white veil of colonization was being lifted, and the journey inward left me tracing my steps back to the Red Road, a term our Lakota relatives use to define a path of spiritual inclination, a path that lends us strength and renewal
A black and white photo of young Black people dancing at a crowded concert.

The School on Hilltop High; Who Is Down Below? Howard University and D.C.’s Native Black Population

Maleke Glee

Go-Go got its due moment as Black Washingtonians, the population that established its prominence began to subdue. Go-Go is both the genre and the event, it is a grand expression of Black Washington, and its treatment by the city reflects the treatment of Black Washingtonians.

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