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Cultivating Positive Health, Learning, and Community: The Return of Mesoamerica’s Quetzalcoatl and the Venus Star

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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Rio Hondo Community College, Whittier, CA 90601, USA
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Independent Researcher, Los Angeles, CA 90023, USA
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Genealogy 2021, 5(2), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020053
Received: 2 April 2021 / Revised: 17 May 2021 / Accepted: 18 May 2021 / Published: 26 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Indigenous Identity and Community)
For more than 3500 years, since Olmec times (1500–400 BC), the peoples of Mesoamerica have shared with one another a profound way of living involving a deep understanding of the human body and of land and cosmology. As it stands, healing ways of knowing that depend on medicinal plants, the Earth’s elements, and knowledge of the stars are still intact. The Indigenous Xicana/o/xs who belong to many of the mobile tribes of Mesoamerica share a long genealogical history of cultivating and sustaining their Native American rituals, which was weakened in Mexico and the United States during various periods of colonization. This special edition essay sheds light on the story of Quetzalcoatl and the Venus Star as a familial place of Xicana/o/x belonging and practice. To do so, we rely on the archaeological interpretation of these two entities as one may get to know them through artifacts, monuments, and ethnographic accounts, of which some date to Mesoamerica’s Formative period (1500–400 BC). Throughout this paper, ancestral medicine ways are shown to help cultivate positive health, learning, and community. Such cosmic knowledge is poorly understood, yet it may further culturally relevant education and the treatment of the rampant health disparities in communities of Mesoamerican ancestry living in the United States. The values of and insights into Indigenous Xicana/o/x knowledge and identity conclude this essay. View Full-Text
Keywords: Quetzalcoatl; the Feathered Serpent; the planet Venus; mushroom medicine; Indigenous Xicana/o/xs; culturally relevant education; Mesoamerica Quetzalcoatl; the Feathered Serpent; the planet Venus; mushroom medicine; Indigenous Xicana/o/xs; culturally relevant education; Mesoamerica
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Garcia, S.A.; Márquez, C.I. Cultivating Positive Health, Learning, and Community: The Return of Mesoamerica’s Quetzalcoatl and the Venus Star. Genealogy 2021, 5, 53. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020053

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Garcia SA, Márquez CI. Cultivating Positive Health, Learning, and Community: The Return of Mesoamerica’s Quetzalcoatl and the Venus Star. Genealogy. 2021; 5(2):53. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020053

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Garcia, Santiago A., and Claudia I. Márquez. 2021. "Cultivating Positive Health, Learning, and Community: The Return of Mesoamerica’s Quetzalcoatl and the Venus Star" Genealogy 5, no. 2: 53. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020053

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