Local curandera to present the culture of curanderismo June 17
EDINBURG — Have you ever brewed oregano tea for a stomach ache, touched other people’s things to ward off “mal de ojo,” or been soothed by a parent with a healing: “Sana. Sana. Colita de rana. Si no sana hoy, sana mañana.”? Tell your story during the Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “Curanderismo: Past, Present, Future. A Community Medicine in the Modern Age,” featuring Danielle López on Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.
This presentation, or rather, plática, will be set to encourage an interactive dialogue between López and the museum visitor. “My goal is to create a new dialogue of what constitutes accepted modalities of knowledge production through the lens of Gloria Anzaldúa’s conocimiento occurring here, in my native U.S-Mexico Borderlands,” explains López, a borderland native. The focus of López studies is on healing through traditional curanderismo in interdisciplinary spaces which include regional and internationally inspired holistic healing practices.
To complement the presentation, a selection of items from the museum’s collection pertaining to traditional healing, or curanderismo, will feature items referencing Don Pedrito Jaramillo. Jaramillo was a traditional healer who practiced in and around Falfurrias from to the late 1800s until his passing in 1907.
López earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Mexican-American Literature, Medical Anthropology and Latin Art History at the University of Texas – Pan American (now, UTRGV). Her work as a cultural theory educator, a practicing curandera, a chicana spiritual activist, and a performance artist in the Río Grande Valley continues to guide her ongoing passion to preserve the culture, medicine and art of her transcultural borderland heritage.