Laura Yohualtlahuiz Rios-Ramirez

Constellations Network Weaver

Laura Yohualtlahuiz Rios-Ramirez (she/they) is a detribalized Mexican-born Xicana trained in educational pedagogy and community organizing. They are a scholar-practitioner recognized for their canon of healing-informed praxis intersecting performance art, ancestral knowledge systems and restorative/transformative justice practices as tools for personal and collective transformation. Their work alongside community as a Southwest Folklife Fellow birthed Circles in Da Hood , a Participatory Action Research model catalyzing social change through circle keeping. She is an Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow and member of the Southern Movement Assembly, NALAC, Alternate Roots, & Southwest Worker's Union. They transnationally represent Kalpulli Ayolopaktzin, an inter-tribal group of families preserving Traditional Mexica-Chichimeca Danza & Nahuatlaka teachings. In 2020, they joined the Wind & Warrior Sacred Waters Pilgrimage, a journey along the Mississippi River led by Queer Matrirachs, artists, abolitionists, & medicine people unifying their intent to heal colonial trauma through ritual solidarity across Black/Indigenous diaspora. She is a co-visionary at De Corazón Circles, a capacity building firm envisioning transformation, prevention, repair and deep healing of harm through circle keeping & kinship building. She is a veteran Bgirl reppin' IllMILF crew, a wife, a professor, and most importantly a Mami passionate about healing intergenerational trauma through queer matriarchal leadership, folklore preservation and cultural resiliency. Currently they are unravelling their ancestral Spiderwoman vibes by weaving and aligning stars with the Center for Cultural Power as Constellations Network Weaver, where her passion as a culture bearer, artist, youth advocate & Afro-Indigenous Futurist have confluenced to spark love, hope, joy & liberation for us today and for the next 7 generations!