Founders, Directors and Officers
Patricio O. Dominguez - Founder - Director - President
Patricio was born in the summer of 1949 in a small traditional community and
was cultured by the contact of not only his parents and Grandparents that lived
in the community but he was fortunate enough to have a Great grandmothers
influence until he was 13. His Great grandmothers specialty was herbs and his
grandmother healed by the power of touch now called massage.
At the age of five Patricio was presented in a public ceremony to the medicine
men to be blessed as a man of spiritual knowledge. In the summer of his life he
married a nice Navajo Lady in the Native Tradition. They have two children and
one Grandson. Patricio now lives in Albuquerque and is on the Board of Directors
of two other non-profit corporations and on the advisory committee of the
International Indigenous Coalition. He now dances with the tribe at four major
feasts per year.
Tribe: Piro Manso Tiwa,
Education: Traditional and University of New Mexico
- Director - Secretary
Emigdio Ballon, is a member
of the Quechua Indian culture and was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He earned his
Bachelors degree in agriculture at Major Bolivian University of Saint Simon in
Cochabamba, Bolivia and his Masters degree in plant genetics in Colombia. He
studied for his Doctorate at Colorado State University. As a plant geneticist he
has specialized in research on quinoa and amaranth grains and has published many
articles about them in both South and North America.
Emigdio has served as an organic certification inspector in the United States
and has made many presentations at major conferences on agriculture. He has
studied principles of bio-dynamic farming at the Josephine Porter Institute of
Applied Bio-Dynamics and continues to study and make presentations at various
In his little free time,
Emigdio pursues research into germination techniques for a wide variety of
crops, including traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs and herbs indigenous to
Northern New Mexico. His other interests include seed saving and sharing,
bio-dynamic and organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices. He is
also involved with Native American organizations which stress the importance of
seed saving and promote the revival and continuation of traditional crops, both
nutritional and medicinal. He employs traditional Quechua techniques and rituals
which he learned at his grandfather’s side as a boy in Bolivia.
Verónica Iglesias - Director - Treasurer
Veronica was born in
Mexico City, Mexico. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Library Sciences and a
Master’s Degree in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University
of Mexico (La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). She grew up in a family
that always honor the Earth, the plants and all the living beings. She was
iniciated like sahumandora (bearer of the Sacred Sahumerio) when she was 8 years
old. She studied about medicinal plants and she has taken courses in crystal
therapy and healing with gems.
She also was iniciated in the sacred knowledge of Mesoamerican shamanism and she
became Portadora de la Palabra, bearer of the Sacred Word.
She is currently researching Mexican gem stones and their therapeutic uses,
specially obsidian, jade, turquoise, and others used since ancient times.
Shamanism in Mesoamérica.
The figure of
the “nagual” as the alter ego of human beings.
Use of gems
Phases of the
moon and their influences in life.
of the traditional Mexican temazcal (steam bath)
Flordemayo - Founder - Retired - Now with "The Path"
Flordemayo is a "Curandera Espiritu" (healer by divine spirit). Born in a
small town in the big highlands of Central America. She grew up in a family
of traditional healers, learning the art of “Curanderismo” in the
traditional way: taught from mother to daughter, generation to generation. She
worked from age four as her mother’s apprentice. She works with the sacred
breath, laying on of
hands, and application of herbs. She works directly with clients or just as effectively
with absent or distant healing Flordemayo has had the gift of being able to see
Work with the effects of physical, emotional and spiritual imbalance in the
Flordemayo has worked with alternative western healers, Native American and
Mayan healers. She recieved her mayan priest training from Don Alejandro Cirilo
Perez Oxlaj a respected spiritual leader, and head of the Quiche Maya Council of
Elders. Flordemayo is now recognized as a “priestess” by the Maya. She is a
founding member and President of the Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge.
Flordemayo has been
a featured speaker on Curanderismo at many conferences on traditional medicine;
both within the United States and internationally in addition to alternative
healing practitioners, medical doctors, nurses and medical institutions
have recognize her knowledge and natural healing skills. Flordemayo is a
frequent presenter at international conferences such, as the Institute of Noetic
Sciences, Bioneers and recipient of the Martin de la Cruz Award for Alternative
Healing, a prestigious honor given by the International Congress of Traditional
Since 1999 Flordemayo has been a part of the
Wisdom of the Grandmother’s Foundation. Currently Flordemayo is a member of the
Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Flordemayo and the grandmothers
have traveled around the world uniting people in a circle of prayer.
Eagle - Founder - Deceased
Ernest Eugene Mirabal Soe Huwa Ohuwa Tsay Cloud Eagle 1960-2011 Nambe Pueblo Tribe.
He received an Associates of fine arts from the Institute of American
Indian arts having studied painting, sculpture and jewelry making. A lifetime
member of Nambe Pueblo, he was dedicated to his people and his beliefs; by being
a spiritual leader very involved in his traditions. Resume includes: Artist: Traditional
Musician/Song/Dance Director/Founder. Cloud Eagle Multi-media Studios Gallery.
Lecturer, Philosopher, Writer, Poet, Spiritual and Public Speaker. Sculpture of
stone, wood, ceramic, metal etc. Painter in acrylics, oils, watercolors, etc.
Graphic designer and architectural drawings AFA. 2 & 3 Dimensional Arts
Teacher and Educator: Teacher and Program Coordinator Vo-Ed teaching
sculpture in stone and clay painting classes for various youth groups JTPA Job
Training Apprenticeship Program Art a Cultural Youth Exchange Program.
Indigenous Arts and Philosophy.
Pictographs and Petroglyphs of the Indigenous Peoples.