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Nakum 2017 Contributors

Scholarly Articles

“Youth Identities in Process: Learning Through Indigenous Arts”

By Emily Aguilar and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Emily Aguilar is a theatre artist, educator and scholar working to ignite social action around gender and racial justice. She holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities  from the University of Texas at Austin, a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and a certificate in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She has led workshops and courses in applied theatre and community-based storytelling with several organizations such as ZACH Theatre, the Indigenous Cultures Institute, the Performing Justice Project, Travis County Juvenile Probation Center, Hays County Juvenile Justice Center, Camp Mosaic for Isma’ili Muslim youth, Voices Against Violence, and Teatro Vivo, for which she also serves on the Board of Directors. Emily also serves on the Steering Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons. She is on faculty at Bowling Green State University, where she runs the Theatre for Youth and Arts Management programs, and is a faculty affiliate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is Associate Professor of Theatre Education (UTeach Theatre) at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre & Dance. Aside fro her teaching, Roxanne is a scholar, director and playwright. Her research focuses on culturally responsive theatre education and racial and ethnic representation in theatre with and for youth. She has published articles in journals such as Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal for Education and the Arts and Theatre Topics. Roxanne’s plays, including Mariachi Girl and Señora Tortuga, are published by Dramatic Publishing. She is currently coauthoring the play Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet with Maria F. Rocha, commissioned by Dallas Children’s Theatre. Roxanne’s pedagogy was shaped by her experience as a student in the Upward Bound Program and as a theatre teacher in public high schools in Austin and Laredo, Texas. Her website can be found at:


“Interview on the Nahua Philosophy of Teaching and Learning: A Kalpulli to Kalpulli Cross-Border Cultural Revitalization Project”

By Sandra M. Gonzales and Luis Rodriguez Cedillo

 Sandra M. Gonzales is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Wayne State University. Through the use of autoethnography, testimonio, stories, and storytelling, her research crosses historical time periods and borders literally, figuratively, spiritually, and epistemologically to reveal how Indigeneity survives and thrives in today’s Mexican and Mexican American community. She also explores how Indigenous Mexican pedagogies can be infused in the classroom to create culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning spaces.

Luis Rodriguez Cedillo is the lead elder for Kalpulli Izkalli, a Mexican Indigenous ceremonial community located in Mexico City, Mexico. He studied under Tlakael, a Mexika Tolteka elder, Domingo Martinez Paredes, a Mayan scholar and elder, as well as Genaro Gonzalez Urbina, a Mixtec elder. His life is dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous Mexican language and ceremonial tradition.

Creative Work

“Mi Testimonio: Yo soy hijo de Aztlán”

By Alejandro Sánchez

Alejandro Sanchez is a Candidate in the Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His concentrations include Mexican American Studies, Education, and Creative Writing. He serves as a student organizer for the Xicanx Student Organization, LUCHA, La Union Chicanx de Hijxs de Aztlan. He looks to becoming a professor of Education, specializing in critical education theory.


Book Reviews

“Las Raíces de Teotl Cintli: Roots, Culture, and History in the Americas”

By Arnoldo Carlos Vento

Arnoldo Carlos Vento, born in South Texas (1939), is a bi-lingual, bi-
cultural scholar who experienced early the humiliation of segregation. Fortunate to have had
the guidance and wisdom of activist Adela Sloss-Vento, he will follow her example and
become an international multi-disciplinary scholar and author in multiple areas covering
themes and issues relevant to society and its evolution. Emeritus Professor Vento is also an
internationally published novelist in two languages in addition to contributing to literary
criticism in Spain and Mexico.

With special thanks to Marco Herrera for editorial assistance on “Mi Testimonio: Yo soy hijo de Aztlán”

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