“We are a group of over 60 Native American and Latina women artists and poets who are to be featured in the forthcoming anthology, Turtle Island to Abya Yala. Our goal is to raise funds to print this book in full color and in a way that is environmentally safe.
For this project, indigenous women artists were asked to submit visual art and poetry that addresses the theme of love. Many issues were addressed through the selected pieces: healing from intergenerational wounds of genocide, racism, Christianity and Catholicism, domestic violence, incest, alcoholism and drug addiction, violence and death of women along the U.S. border, to the celebration of Two-Spirit relationships, sensuality, cultural resiliency and affirmation, Mother Earth and our responsibility to take care of her, remembering the stories of our elders and practicing traditional ways.
Poets and artists featured in the forthcoming book include: Margaret “Quica” Alarcon, Adelina Anthony, Cathy Arellano, Natasha Beeds, Natalie Bell, LeAndra Bitsie, Maylei Blackwell, Nanette Bradley Deetz, Robin Carneen, Melanie Cervantes, Alethea Chamberlain, Melanie Chan, Pamela “EYA” Chavez, Maya Chinchilla, Cihuatl-Ce, Susana “Sonji” Figueroa, Alapay Baa-Hozho Flores, Margarita Alex Flores, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Raven Fonseca, Happy Frejo, Gabriela Garcia Medina, Karina González Amaya, Reva Mariah Gover, Sonia Gutiérrez, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Nayeli Guzmán, Melanie Printup Hope, Lillian Jackson, Marjorie Jensen, Rosa M. Hernández, ire’ne lara silva, Jaynie Lara (Weye Hlapsi), Kristina Lovato-Hermann, Celeste De Luna, Luna Maia, Nancy Magdaleno, Celia Monge Mana, Griselda Liz Muñoz, Sharah Nieto, Amparo Ochoa, Sara Marie Ortiz, Alejandra Oseguera, Pennie Opal Plant, Brianna Lea Pruett, Naomi Quiñonez, Maria Gisella Ramirez, Cassandra P. Rendon, Gabriela Spears Rico, annie ross, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Kim Shuck, SistaHailstorm, Cinnamon Spear, Nazbah Tom, Theresa Turmel, Mica Valdez, Linda Vallejo, Vickie Vértiz, Martha Villa, Lela Northcross Wakely, Amy JB Wagner, and Sherry Wilson. Cover artwork by Nayeli Guzman.”
I feel so honored and happy to have been part of this amazing project. I remember getting an email about 3 years ago and I got all excited and quickly replied with an email of three of my images, “Celeste Quetzalli” “Floreciendo” and something else that I can’t remember. I followed through the progress of this project coming a reality. It felt so great to hold the book and find my artwork in it as well as my short bio. Thank you so much ladies for your great efforts and for including my humble work as part of this awesome book. Here’s a photo of me holding the anthology and another one of me showing my published painting of “Celeste Quetzalli” who in fact is a portrait of my daughter Celeste Quetzalli when she was 2 years old. Mil Gracias!!!