Albino Garcia and La Cultura Cura (Culture Heals)
On September 29th, 2011 the University of Michigan sponsored a talk about cultural healing with Albino Garcia. Garcia, the Founder and Director of La Plazita Institute in Albuquerque, brought a remarkable range of life and program experience to his talk as: gang worker, violence prevention specialist, spiritual leader, and consultant for over two decades. Garcia discussed the ways young men and women assimilate into subcultures (like gangs) and addressed the use of traditional cultures to enable them to return and to awaken themselves. He discussed the ways that racism and fear operate in our institutions, communities, and selves.
Part of Albino's presentation included sharing a phrase from the Mayan Proverb, "In Lak Ech." This same phrase was repeated daily in the La Raza program throughout Arizona before the state rendered the program illegal. While at the University of Michigan Garcia visited many classes and inspired some thoughts about this in Anishinaabemowin:
Gikendaandaa / Let's all know it.
You are my other me.
If I harm you, I harm myself.
If I love and respect you, I love and respect myself.
Or, as the Anishinaabeg would say:
I must love myself first before I can love someone different and begin to invite them to live with me.
Photos from the Event on Flickr
2014 Noongwa e-Anishinaabemjig