Concepción Garcia Allen
2008 Corn Mother Honoree
Concha was born on a plantation in Acayucan, Veracruz, Mexico. Her father was from a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico, and her mother was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico. She experienced a traumatic childhood as an immigrant in the United States and later used her experiences to help others heal. She is the leader of a small Aztec Dance circle in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This group includes healers, students, grandmothers, social workers, and children who are dedicated to following a spiritual path.
Concha and her late partner Randolph Allen (who was of African-American and American Indian descent) and their four children have been long-time members of the Native American Church. Her familia maintains teepee grounds and a sweat lodge on their six acres of land for the use of their community. For many decades she has been a loving and caring curandera (herbal healer), massage therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, mother, grandmother, wife, dance leader, healer, and lover of the universe.
How do I know the earth eats? I know because I feed her every day. Before I take a bite, before I drink, I offer first to the mother earth.
—Guadalupe de la Cruz Rios, a Huichol medicine woman and my mentor
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