i am an Herbalist, Dog Worker, Farmer, Brujx
I grow medicinal herbs in my garden and make medicine from what I grow. i teach , i doula one on one and group healing work. i work in community.
i was born in San Antonio Texas. i am first generation Mexican, norteñé. my parents come from Tamaulipas. my Father from Tampico, my Mother from Coauhila. my Family originally immigrated to Chicago in the 60's. my parents met in high school and began a life and family together. Both here as resident aliens, they each served in the us armed forces. i am the youngest of 4. i have two living sisters and one brother, who passed before i was born. it is in his loss that i was planned and now have the privilege to learn and love on this earth. our indigenous roots are lost to us. from the region we originate from, we are likely the survivors of nomadic clans who lived along the gulf coast, killed off by disease, murdered for being "savage", and assimilated and converted to catholicism for survival. the indigenous peoples of that area are now collectively know as the Coauhtlican. We are of the diverse terrains of Northern Mexico. i am not familiar with these lands and have only in the last 6 years begun my efforts in ancestral reclamation and decolonization.
i grew up in Chicago and did much of my learning there. 6 years ago i moved to Portland OR and have begun to build community and heal my severed roots in various capacities as a community health educator. i use writing, drawing, and painting as a way to document my process of decolonization of self, heart mind and spirit while working as a folk herbalist, and animal communicator and more recently farmer.
my path towards reclamation has been a winding one that began with reading poetry in nahuatl at the age of 9 and building skills in heart to heart talks (platicas) beginning at the age of 15. letty's professional path has been that of a counselor and community healer by way of community health education and resource sharing employing social justice focused and trauma informed lenses. Over the last decade and a half after suffering a trauma resulting in a kind of soul loss (susto), I have been working more intentionally in reclaiming ancestral knowledge through connecting with earth practices of herbalism, farming, and animal observation and communication.
I am working to learn more about Aztec Danza and is in community with a number of capullis in the Portland Metro area and studies the teachings of young Master Akaxe Yotzin of the Nahua Lessons School in Chicago.
Lastly, i am a student of the way of the dog, learning through stewardship, observation and cooperation.
i am indigenous. i am culturally american. i worked as a youth worker and community health educator for fifteen years. i am a veteran of the us armed forces as well. i am queer and gender non conforming and i am coming into what is called a don, of my own
i have my roots in many worlds. i would like to work with you in moving towards your true self and finding your path.
noxtin nomecoyotzin~ solidarity