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Indigifest APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY
A DAY OF CONVERSATION, CULTURE, CUisine, & COMMUNITY
Originally Presented September 2023
We are all indigenous to Mother Earth. Join the Global Elders for an evening of conversation, culture, community, and fun. This is a rare opportunity to receive wisdom from the past, of the present, and for the future of humanity.
JOSE MUNOZ I MAYAN DAY KEEPER
Amy Barsekian I CULINARY ARTIST
A graduate of The Art Institute Santa Monica with a degree in Culinary Arts, Amy has spent over three decades crafting delectable meals. Her creations are meticulously curated, imbued with Reiki and Love energy, reflecting her conscious culinary approach. With a profound understanding that food serves as medicine, Amy intentionally sources ingredients, prepares dishes, and serves meals, all while infusing them with healing intent. Her enchanting dishes hold the power to nourish the body and elevate the spirit, offering a truly magical and uplifting dining experience.
Meet the Elders
Meet the elders joining this special event.
More Elders, presenters, musicians, & special guests to be announced.
Abuela Sara Mijares
Born in the Mayaland of Yucatan, Mexico, Abuela Sara received teachings from her Mayan grandfather “Don Teul” a traditional herbal healer who taught her how to farm and take care of Mother Earth.
Abuela Sara immigrated to California when she 15 years old. She joined her father Enrique, a bracero that worked in the California fields. As a young adult, in absence of the Maya ancestral ceremonies in Los Angeles, she found herself participating in Lakota sweat lodges and learning to walk the “red road” meaning living life with purpose while on a path to positive change and experiencing and attending Sundances. She practices circles of healing through “la palabra/the word” in the Latino/indigenous communities and her teachings are open to all. A true believer in the In Lak’ech Ala K’in "I am you, you are me", Abuela Sara loves to share her experiences with women in particular young ones, praying to the Four Directions and the Sacred Elements. Nowadays, she practices Temazcales and what her Mayan ancestors called “walking the Sacbé” (sakbej) the White Road (Sac=white, beh=road) always in search of personal, family and community balance. Abuela Sara is founder of Mundo Maya Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles.
Dr. Jenn Azure
A physician, musician and holder of space for sharing wisdom and tea, Dr. Jenn Azure is setting the intention to create a community that values cooperation sustainability and communication. She is currently working in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy to utilize the beautiful and transformative medicines of the earth to catalyze healing.
A Yaqui Yoeme woman born and raised in Los Angeles, Sewa Valencia has been serving the community for over two decades through the medicine of the drum, women's circles, tradition, culture, sharing stories, and youth empowerment. Sewa teaches and facilitates meditation, breath work, circle work, and 4 directions movement.
I've been of service as a guest speaker and a teacher at various Colleges and Universities for Indigeneous programs.
I serve the community by sharing and teaching Medicine through Songs and The Drum.
I have been a steward of Mother Earth by helping cultivate healthy ways to gather medicines respectfully without disrupting the natural order of things, this helps nature to replenish itself.
I am a volunteer at Etiwanda Preserve to teach and help with clean up and to help stop poaching of sage.
Cuco Esperansa, affectionately known as Tio Cuco, is a Tacher of the Pre-Columbian Mexican Culture. Within his Calpulli, he is recognized as Ehecatl Tezcatlipoca, a name that signifies the origins of his spoken wisdom - consciousness (Tezcatlipoca) in the wind (Ehecatl or E'Ecat).
Born in Los Angeles; 73yrs ago.
Raised in Mexico and Los Angeles. I have lived in Los Angeles for 65 years.
And have voluntarily worked with the youth and now elders too ; for the last 50 years. I now do the same via The Danza for the last 30 years.
Presently I give the teachings of the Pre- Columbian Mexican Culture in Arizona.
I had to leave Los Angeles due to inflation . And continue my teachings throughout the U.S., Mexico, and the rest of the world.
The teachings basically consist of connecting our ancestral thoughts to the present ; while directing everyone towards , maintaining harmony from the present to the future . With the reminder that to us , a generation is one hundred years.
Her work with individuals and families is grounded in deeply understanding family dynamic, mindfulness techniques, earth-based spirituality, and inspired by the belief that every individual has the capacity to awaken to their inherent beauty within. Dr. Charest helps clients to explore the inner landscape and to deepen their connections to themselves, their ancestors, their families, the earth, to nature, and to life itself. Through the revival of family constellations and the integration of shamanic practices into daily life, she assists people in overcoming various forms of trauma, transforming fear- and anger-based behaviors into those that spring from a place of power, strength, and love. Her therapeutic approach encompasses the mind, body, spirit, and soul empowering individuals to take charge of their emotional and spiritual lives and discover the dynamics that keep them from reaching their full potential—in their career, their relationships, in life.
My Name is Mountain Eagle. I am from the First Nations here in North America. Washeshu is what we call ourselves, which translates as “All the People.” This includes land, air, water, animal, human and those other untold entities.
In my life, I learned many things from “All the People,” Nature as my teacher. I witnessed and remembered the songs and stories of my Elders and Ancestors. My life has been shaped by the both the hardship and beauty of my People. I returned into this life, after a long sleep from earth, protecting the medicine of my People. I bring you all practices that many humans have forgotten, that connect each and every one of us to the source of creation. Our intentions are very great and powerful. We are given life in the image of the creator, which is full of love, respect, honor, courage and compassion, all of which can be added to the pool of intention. Our intentions go into an electromagnetic wave, which surrounds the earth so that healing can begin. I have come to honor you, my Brothers & Sisters, by offering you a custom from the Washeshu, sharing myself in this way with each and every person who wishes to be a good caretaker, manager, and listener.
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Indigifest APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY
A DAY Of COVERSATION, CULTURE, CUISINE, & COMMUnity
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