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Laura Yohualtlahuiz Rios-Ramirez, MSOL

Year 3 Fellow
ILI allowed me to walk alongside mentors, peers and myself in a way that my work as a culture bearer and performer deeply needed in order to engage in deeper reflections of what interculturality and land need from us as artists, creatives, and visionaries for our liberated futures.

Yanaguana, Somi Se'k Territory (San Antonio, TX)

Weaver of Liberated Futures
De Corazón Circles

Laura Yohualtlahuiz Rios-Ramirez is a detribalized Mexican-born Xicana scholar-practitioner of Tepehuan, Guachichil Chichimeca & settler origins trained in educational pedagogy, circle keeping, performance art, and community organizing.  They are recognized for their canon of healing-informed praxis intersecting performance art, healing justice and restorative/transformative justice practices as tools for personal and collective transformation.

She holds a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies and a MS in Organizational Leadership and teaches Mexican-American Studies for the Race, Ethnic, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at The University of Texas in San Antonio. Her work alongside colleagues as a Participatory Action Researcher with Southwest Folklife Alliance incubated Circles in Da Hood coalition creating a framework for youth-led health equity, advocacy, and leadership.

They are an alum from the Intercultural Leadership Institute focusing on inter-culturality in the arts & culture field and co-lead, Kalpulli Ayolopaktzin, a transnational inter-tribal group of families preserving Anahuaka teachings.  As a culture bearer they have represented alongside their Guachichil Chichimeca elders for the Secretaria de Cultura of San Luis Potosi highlighting their role as a Xicanx tradition keeper & Hip-Hop culture bearer. They were a ceremony keeper with Wind & Warrior Sacred Waters Pilgrimage in ritual solidarity response to the murder of George Floyd focusing on healing colonial and land based trauma across the Black/Indigenous diaspora. They serve on Alternate Roots Heal Teal working group offering healing justice thought leadership as an emergent strategist practitioner.  They are a veteran Bgirl/Hip Hop dancer with IllMILF crew, a wife, and most importantly a Mami passionate about healing intergenerational trauma through matriarchal leadership, folklore preservation and cultural resiliency for the next 7 generations.

Their work has been featured by National Folklife Network Magazine, Allied Media Conference, NAISA (Native American & Indigenous Studies Association, The International Gathering of Indigenous Traditions, and The Othering & Belonging Institute, receiving accolades nationally and internationally. Laura is co-founder and visionary behind De Corazón Circles, a consulting and capacity building agency envisioning a brave and equitable world where restorative interactions transform individuals, relationships, communities, and systems through the intentional prevention, repair and deep healing of harm through the power of circle keeping, cultural, and narrative strategy.