Description Pedagogy About Aceves One is the Sun

Xinachtli Project

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The word Xinachtli is a Nahuatl word describing the moment a seed germinates. There is nothing more powerful than a seed. A seed can crack a slab of concrete with its sprout. It can lay dormant for decades and awaken with its fruit. A seed is powered by the full intent of the Universe, designed by Creation to explode with Life.

Anything can be a seed. One cancer cell can be a seed of health that bursts and restores a body to wholeness. An idea can grow into a solution for an insolvable problem. A person can be a seed that transforms a societal ill into a civic triumph. Seeds need not be organizers or speech makers. They simply allow themselves to be buried on fertile ground and let the elements collapse into their being. A seed can be omnipotent because it is the Universe flowing into a single point and then unfolding.


classThe Xinachtli Project is an indigenous based, multi-language pedagogy developed by El Paso educator Carlos Aceves, M.Ed. Over a fifteen-year period, this method has proven effective in significantly raising the academic attainment of the elementary school students that Aceves teaches. The Xinachtli method introduces students to their ancient, indigenous ancestors’ belief that there is a self-evident relationship between everyone and everything. The students learn how to see academic subjects as natural elements that are directly related to their lives. Xinachtli integrates language arts, math, science, and social studies into single lessons, learning station activities, and whole class encounters (by kome okiomah). This interdisciplinary approach is the "natural way" that indigenous education is conceived, processed, and delivered for all students. The Institute is working to introduce this unique and successful pedagogy into the Texas public schools system.



Sylvia Benavides, M.Ed

David Carrasco, Ph.D.
Harvard University

Cemelli de Aztlan, M.Div.
Indigenous Cultures Institute

Jesse S. Gainer, Ph.D.
Texas State University

Hermán García, Ph.D.
New Mexico State University

Mario Garza, Ph.D.
Indigenous Cultures Institute

Francisca James Hernández, Ph.D.
Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

Andrés Juarez
Ready Electronic Interchange LLC

Melissa Martinez, Ph.D.
Texas State University

Victor Saenz, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, MFA
University of Texas at Austin

Kitty Spalding
El Paso Public Library Foundation

Victor Villaseñor
author (Rain of Gold)