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A series of free traditional Mexican health fairs, Ferias de Salud, and workshops will be held in the Albuquerque, Alcalde, Espanola and Santa Fe areas Tuesday-Thursday, July 27 -29, in conjunction with the 10th annual Traditional Medicine without Borders: Curanderismo in the Southwest and Mexico class at the University of New Mexico.

The health fairs and workshops, sponsored by the UNM Women's Resource Center, in partnership with the New Mexico Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative, National Hispanic Cultural Center and the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department, will feature more than 30 well-known Mexican folk healers/curanderos(as) from the Mexico City area, including the communities of Cuernavaca, Tepoztlán and Amatlán.  Also, for the first time this year, 10 traditional curanderos(as) from Oaxaca, Mexico will be joining the group. 

The workshops will feature, eliminating negative energy and healing through laughter (Risa Terapia); usage of medicinal plants, traditional massage and spiritual cleansings for a holistic healing approach (limpias espirituales y plantas medicinales); traditional healing through the practice of ocean shell sounds for spiritual cleansings; and the usage of obsidian stone for energy treatments (uso terapeutico del caracol y la obsidian).

Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, vice-president of Student Affairs, and instructor for the class, said, "The healers will discuss traditional healing therapies including herbal medications, spiritual cleansings and other healing techniques, which have remained a part of the Mexican culture for centuries. Treatments will be available and donations accepted."

Additionally, Governor Richardson has signed a proclamation announcing July 2010 as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in which he endorses the health fairs.  The proclamation will be exhibited at all of the health fairs and during the Curanderismo class.

Below are the specific dates and locations for the health fairs:

Tuesday, July 27

Mexican Traditional Health Fair
University of New Mexico, outside of the Student Union Building (SUB) north entrance
Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Free workshops
UNM SUB 3rd Floor
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 28  

Mexican Traditional Health Fair
La Plazita – Albuquerque
831 Isleta Blvd. SW
3 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, July 29

Mexican Traditional Health Fair
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street SW (Salon Ortega)
5 to 10 p.m.

Free Workshops
NHCC Wells Fargo Auditorium
6 to 7:30 p.m.

For a complete list of health fairs and workshop descriptions or a class syllabus visit http://www.unm.edu/~ovpsa/curanderismo.html, or follow us on Facebook under "Curanderismo in the Southwest and Mexico Class at UNM."