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2012. Year of Healing and Transformation. The Completion of a 26,000 year cycle according to the Mayan and Aztec calendars. The Border Book Festival (BBF) is making plans for its 18th annual book festival, The Shamanic Journey, which will take place April 19-22 in Mesilla, New Mexico.

Invited presenters include:

  • Curandera/healer/herbalist/midwife Doña Enriqueta Contreras from Oaxaca, México
  • Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Yoruba priestess from New York
  • Catalina Delgado Trunk, Papel Picado and altar artist
  • Esther Yazzie-Lewis, Navajo Earth Activist, founder of the Diné Spiritual Land Recovery Project
  • Navajo Medicine Man, Ben Willie, will give the final blessing of the festival on Sunday, April 22

A special Oaxacan Mole Fest Festival Fundraiser will take place on Thursday, April 19 with Oaxacan chef, Pilar Cabrera. Ms. Cabrera runs the world famous La Olla Restaurant in Oaxaca, México.

The Festival artists/writers/healers are deeply involved with their communities and its healing. They will join us to share their vision of a world united.

The Border Book Festival is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit literary, literacy and arts organization that is housed in the historic Frietze Store in Mesilla that dates from the mid 1800s.

New Mexico's longest running book fair began over 20 years ago with readings, book signings and a small literary festival at the Holy Cross Retreat House. The event evolved into the nationally renowned and much loved Border Book Festival, which moved to Mesilla in 2004. Since then the BBF has opened the Cultural Center de Mesilla and Galería Tepín, a multicultural gallery space.

Writing and artwork will be gathered for JORNADA, a bilingual English/Spanish book that will feature poetry, essays, stories and artwork from our featured presenters as well as various invited writers and artists whose work resonates with our theme. A special exhibition of Catalina Delgado Trunk's papel picado will take place at Galería Tepín during the festival. Her art piece, Dancing at the Portal, will be featured on the festival poster.

Festival highlights include An Afternoon Gathering for Women/Sanación con Sabiduría/Una Tardeada Para Mujeres with Doña Enriqueta Contreras who will offer a look at Zapotec Principles of Living. She will also offer a workshop called Home Remedies and the Importance of a Basic Herbal Home Kit/Remedios Caseros y La Importancia de Una Canasta Básica en Nuestros Hogares. In this 3- hour workshop with Doña Enriqueta Contreras, we will learn how to assemble a home remedy kit.

Dr. Marta Moreno Vega will offer a workshop on Yoruba teaching and the festival will screen her documentary,"Cuando los Espíritus Bailan Mambo"/"When the Spirits Dance Mambo." A triumphant voyage of faith and power, the film traces the role of sacred African thought and practices in the formation of Cuban society, culture and music in a 90-minute documentary is a tribute to the spiritual energy that traveled from West Africa to Cuba and New York. In addition, she will be giving a reading on Saturday, April 21 with music and a dance following.

The "Picasso of Paper," Catalina Delgado Trunk, who is considered one of the top world paper artists will offer present a Talk/Plática on The History & Evolution of Día de Muertos in México & Its Healing & Cultural Traditions as well as a Papel Picado workshop during the festival weekend.

A panel of artists/healers and scholars will discuss the Future of Our Shared Journey and What Lies Ahead. Invited featured scholars are Dr. Arturo Madrid, Professor of Literature at Trinity University, author of In The Country of Empty Crosses: The Story of A Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico, Margarita Návar, healer and author of Zapotec Woman of the Clouds, a biography of Doña Enriqueta Contreras and Dr. Antonia Castañeda, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at St. Mary's University and editor of Gender on the Borderlands: A Frontier Reader. Special guests include Diana Campoamor, Director and CEO of H.I.P., Hispanics In Philanthropy, based in San Francisco and Lourdes Portillo, documentary filmmaker, whose film, Señorita Extraviada, won the Ariel, the equivalent of an Academy Award, in México. It is the story of the disappeared young women in Juárez, México.

A plant exchange will take place during the weekend in front of Galería Tepín. If you want to donate seeds or plants, please contact the BBF.

The festival will end Sunday, April 22 with a Blessing of the Spirits: A Gathering of the Healers and a Talk/Plática by Esther Yazzie Lewis on her work with the Diné Sacred Land Recovery Project and her book, The Navajo People and Uranium Mining. Ben Willie, a Navajo medicine man, from Tohijille, New Mexico, will offer the final festival ceremony.

The festival is looking for Volunteers—Spirit Teams—to work on aspects of the festival and with particular healers. Please call for more information.

Please visit the Festival participants websites at:

Please contact us for information on how YOU can get involved in the festival work. Join a Spirit Team and help us sponsor a particular featured participant.






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