Huītzilcuāuhtli

Tribe: Häñuñü Otomi
Based In: Seattle, WA
Email: lesliejimenez@my.unt.edu

About the Artist
Huītzilcuāuhtli (She/Her/Hers) is an Indigenous scholar, spoken word artist, and cultural steward. Her mediums include: acrylic, oil, ink, charcoal, designing and sewing clothing, beadwork, and basket weaving.

She was raised on occupied Tongva and Chumash Territory now known as Southern California. Although she was raised in extreme poverty by a single mother, art and appreciation for the arts filled her home. Her grandmother, mother, and great grandmother were weavers, knitters, storytellers, dancers, and singers. Huītzilcuāuhtli designs and sews as homage to her grandmother, great grandmother, and all Indigenous women. Huītzilcuāuhtli found spoken word and painting as an escape from gang violence and poverty. Through Indigenous womens circles, she took on beading, sewing, drumming, and singing. She was one of the first and only Indigenous students in both her Master’s and Doctoral programs. It was during her Master’s and Doctoral programs, that she acquired the language to name epidemics plaguing Indigenous communities.

Her works focus on issues pertaining to Indigenous resilience, survivance, ways of knowing, knowledge systems, colonialism, cultural genocide, and decolonization. Her art reclaims space through an Indigenous/Native voice, presence, and lived reality.