Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Alternative Ways to Approach Health & Healing


“Alternative Ways to Approach Health and Healing”

By Zapotec elder, midwife, and healer, Doña Enriqueta Contreras

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 pm
UT Austin DDCE Community Engagement Center
in the Marvin C. Griffin Building
1109 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas

Doña Enriqueta Contreras, from the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico, is a member of the third largest indigenous group in Mexico, and a descendant from a line of traditional healers whose knowledge dates back 2,500 years on the Meso-American continent. She has dedicated her life to and excels in traditional medicine, herbalism and midwifery. She accumulated her
ethno-botanical knowledge living in the Sierra Júarez Mountains north of Oaxaca City. As a young woman, she became a traditional midwife, with a successful practice spanning more than 60 years. She has become one of Mexico’s premier midwives. In the course of her career, she has never lost a baby or a mother during childbirth, an extraordinary record even by western standards.

This program is sponsored by the Indigenous Studies Speakers Series hosted by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), UT Austin. UT co-sponsors include the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, The Mexican Center at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and The Center for Mexican American Studies. Local community organization co-sponsors include PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources) and Alma de Mujer, a project of the Indigenous Women's Network. For more information please contact Brenda Sendejo at bsendejo@mail.utexas.edu or Mary Margaret Návar at margienavar@yahoo.com.

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