Curanderismo: Community Medicine In The Modern Age

Local curandera to present the culture of curanderismo June 17

Have you ever brewed oregano tea for a stomach ache, touched other people’s things to ward off “mal de ojo,” or been soothed by a parent with a healing: “Sana. Sana. Colita de rana. Si no sana hoy, sana mañana.”? Tell your story during the Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “Curanderismo: Past, Present, Future. A Community Medicine in the Modern Age,” featuring Danielle López on Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.

This presentation, or rather, plática, will be set to encourage an interactive dialogue between López and the museum visitor. “My goal is to create a new dialogue of what constitutes accepted modalities of knowledge production through the lens of Gloria Anzaldúa’s conocimiento occurring here, in my native U.S-Mexico Borderlands,” explains López, a borderland native. The focus of López studies is on healing through traditional curanderismo in interdisciplinary spaces which include regional and internationally inspired holistic healing practices.

To complement the presentation, a selection of items from the museum’s collection pertaining to traditional healing, or curanderismo, will feature items referencing Don Pedrito Jaramillo. Jaramillo was a traditional healer who practiced in and around Falfurrias from to the late 1800s until his passing in 1907.

López earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Mexican-American Literature, Medical Anthropology and Latin Art History at the University of Texas – Pan American (now, UTRGV). Her work as a cultural theory educator, a practicing curandera, a chicana spiritual activist, and a performance artist in the Río Grande Valley continues to guide her ongoing passion to preserve the culture, medicine and art of her transcultural borderland heritage.

The Museum of South Texas History is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call (956) 383-6911.

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