For the 15th consecutive summer, Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, UNM vice president for Student Affairs and professor of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, in conjunction with the UNM Women’s Resource Center, hosts the “Traditional Medicine without Borders: Curanderismo in the Southwest and Mexico,” two-week course (July 13-24) at the University of New Mexico.
While the class is already in full swing with several local healers, there are several events happening in conjunction with the class including a large, diverse opening ceremony on Monday, July 20 at 8:15 a.m. outside on the lawn on the east side of UNM’s Anthropology auditorium on the main campus.
Over 30 well-known Mexican traditional healers/curanderos(as) from the México City area, including the communities of Cuernavaca, Tepoztlán, Amatlán and Oaxaca will arrive on Saturday, July 18, and be featured in Monday’s ceremony. In addition, local healers and healers from Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, Canada and various states throughout or country will participate not only in the ceremony, but throughout the second week.
“Monday’s opening ceremony kicks off the second week of class and gives students and the public the opportunity to learn about the sacred beliefs regarding the four directions, and the unique healing methods traditional healers use for all types of ailments,” Torres said.
Also, in conjunction with the class, four community traditional health fairs are scheduled: Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19 at Rancho de los Golondrinas in Santa Fe; Tuesday, July 21 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW in Albuquerque; and Wednesday, July 22 at the UNM Main Campus in Albuquerque between Zimmerman Library and the Duck Pond.