Tlahtolli: Interview with Carlos Aceves, teacher and author – Xica Nation
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By Xica Nation
What is your name, title/what you do, and how you identify? Where are you from?
Carlos Aceves, bilingual teacher, I am writer, presenter, and I identify as a human being first and foremost, with my ethnic identity is Mexican, which in Nahuatl means “universal citizen”. I was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa and grew up in Juarez and El Paso (until I was a teenager, I did not know there was a difference between the two). I live in El Paso, Texas.
What types of community projects are you involved in?
I do presentations on indigenous spirituality wherever I am invited (The Xinachtli Project indigenouscultures.org. I participate in ceremony with local indigenous organizations that identify as Mexica or indigenous, such as Kalpulli Tlalteca, Hueco Tanks All Nations Sundance, Moon Circle.
Was there a defining moment in your life when you felt the urge to learn about/protect/become involved with your community?
In 1971 I read El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan and felt I was not an immigrant or outsider but Native to the United States.
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