Decolonizing Alternative Medicine: Healing Communities with Indigenous Wisdom

Felicia Coctzin Ruiz has been steeped in the curanderismo tradition since her childhood. Now, her work as a Kitchen Curandera and author of upcoming book Earth Medicines carries on the tradition of her elders and ancestors.

Ruiz defines curanderas as traditional healers who carry knowledge of foods, herbs, and cultural remedies for working with the body, mind, and spirit.

Growing up in Arizona and frequently visiting family in Northern New Mexico, she watched her great-grandmother making healing preparations for the family and the wider community.

“My great-grandmother was my first teacher in that she was the one who took me out to first wildcraft as a little girl, helping me to understand that the plants in our landscape were healing plants for our skin, our hair, our respiratory system,” she says.

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