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Founded by multidisciplinary self-taught artist Brujo de la Mancha and Daniel Chico Lorenzo in 2003, Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac (OYC) is an educational organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the history and culture of the indigenous peop... Read more
Founded by multidisciplinary self-taught artist Brujo de la Mancha and Daniel Chico Lorenzo in 2003, Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac (OYC) is an educational organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of this continent, and in particular the Mexicayotl tradition and teachings, which flourished in pre-Columbian Central America. In the Nahuatl language, Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac means "school of blood moving in the heart".
Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac aims to investigate, understand and raise awareness of Mesoamerican cultures, which flourished in Mexico prior to the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.
by Renu S.
(Administrator for this Organization)(2018-05-15 07:35:03.0)
I've known Brujo since summer 2013, and I have served as Board Member of his non-profit, Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac, since fall 2015. Brujo is an immensely talented multidisciplinary, self-taught artist, teacher and performer, inspired by the cultural narratives of Mexican indigenous traditional art. He has proven himself to be a true leader in the greater Philadelphia arts community. Brujo played a key role in starting and implementing Philadelphia Indigenous People's Day, now a much-anticipated tradition each October, and through this event, he has spread awareness of the special issues facing the native peoples of the Americas. Over the past 20 years he has been in Philadelphia, he has established deep roots in the community. Through his work, he has done outreach with and provided support and empowerment to some of the most vulnerable members of society, including at-risk juveniles and the elderly. In my interactions with him, he strikes me as incredibly compassionate and dedicated.