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El Jardin de la Curandera

Sunday Oct 21, 2012

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
2601 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Phone: 768-2000
Website: Click to Visit

ABQ BioPark Education and the Botanic Garden celebrate Rudolpho Anaya’s Ultima with an engaging and interactive event in the Jardin de la Curandera exhibit. Against the backdrop of the bas relief sculpture “La Curandera y su Jardin” by Reynoldo Rivera, visitors can join Tonita Gonzales, Amber Anastasion, and Maria Thomas in a day of celebrating plants that heal. Learn more about the character Ultima, discover traditional and contemporary uses of (local) plants, join in sharing experiences and tour the garden to learn more about its plants. Bless Me, Ultima introduces the traditional healer to a far reaching audience; its themes are richly represented here in the Rio Grande valley. Join three fascinating women at the Botanic Garden to celebrate the stories of healing plants in our own community.Presenters:Antoinette Tonita Gonzales, Traditional Healing in Albuquerque, New Mexico    Tonita is a Traditional Healer, Curandera, Sobadora, Yerbera, Temazcalera in Albuquerque.She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics, and Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from The American University in Washington DC. She recently completed her studies of Traditional Medicine at the University of Mexico, Morelos, at Centro de Desarollo Humano Hacia La Comunidad. She completed her diplomados in Acupuncture, Medicinal Plants, Massage (Sobadas), and Temazcal. Amber AnastasionAmber began her formal training in 2001 at the New Mexico School of Natural Healing in Silver City, NM where they focused on plants of the Southwest and their traditional uses. She has woven herbs into her daily life and uses them almost exclusively with herself and children. She currently attends the East West School of Herbology, studies with the bio regional herbalist Kiva Rose of New Mexico, and is mentored by herbalist/ethnobotanist Dr. Tomas Enos and acupuncturist/herbalist Robert Campbell. She works at Milagro Herbs in Santa Fe and teaches classes on herbs, herbal medicine making and remedies.Maria Thomas, Curator of the Curandera Garden Exhibit at the ABQ BioPark Botanic GardenMaria Thomas graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Asian Art History.  She has been an archaeologist in the southwest and has worked as a landscape designer in Northern New Mexico.  Maria is an Assistant Curator at the ABQ BioPark where she curates the Japanese and Curandera gardens and other seasonal shows and exhibits.  Maria is currently working on a project to collect seed, propagate, and grow native medicinal orchids at the Botanic Garden.The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest.


    Kimberly Bruna-Lewis


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