the Earth and Spirit Council
The Natural Way: Indigenous Voices
Native American Student and Community Center
SW Broadway and Jackson, Portland, Oregon
7:00 – 9:00 pm on Friday, May 11, 2007
Silvia Calisaya Chuquimia
Cultural and Healing Traditions of the Peruvian Aymara
Silvia Calisaya Chuquimia is a traditional Aymara healer descended from the pre-Inca people who inhabit the southern Lake Titicaca region. Born and raised in a small highland village, she left as a young woman to pursue her education and a professional life, and later returned to the traditional teachings of her people. She is an expert at the ancient art of reading coca leaves for divination and healing, and is the proprietor of the Coca Leaf Museum in Puno, Peru. Coca is a sacred plant for the inhabitants of the Andes, still held in veneration among the indigenous and mestizo peoples of South America.
“My mother was my first university; she was and still is a healer and midwife . . . I started learning many things, as well as the coca reading. I tried to seek about the origin of the coca leaves, and why people are still using them. Doing this, I found the life philosophy of the Aymaras still living in this part of the world.”
Silvia comes to share the philosophy, teachings, and traditions of the Aymara, as well as the history and ancient art of reading coca leaves. For information about a private healing with Silvia while she is in Portland, contact Lee Hay by e-mail at email@example.com.
$10-20 donation requested for speaker’s honorarium
Co-sponsored by The College of Mythic Cartography
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