In the late 1970s and early 1980s I studied Maya and Azteca dance with the Flores de Aztlan Danza Troupe with Maestra Josefina Gallardo. Las Flores was made up of Cui Cui Rangel, musician and vocalist; Ana Luisa Espinoza, psychiatric social worker, Norma Pedregon, elementary school teacher, Sandra Romero, community organizer, and Linda Vallejo. Las Flores were often accompanied by Dr. Arnaldo Soliz, Joey Rivera, Michael Amescua, David Castro with musical accompaniment by KulKulKan.
Las Flores presented teachings and performances throughout California at cultural centers, universities, and in traditional Native American and Chicano indigenous ceremonies that included Fiesta de Maiz and Dia de Los Muertos (Los Angeles and Sacramento, CA), Fiesta de Colores (Sacramento, CA), Chicano Park Day (San Diego, CA), The Ancestor Walk (Long Beach, CA), The Elder’s Gathering (San Pedro, CA).
I also served as a community volunteer for the Native American Religious Society at the California Rehabilitation Center, Norco (CRC), between 1985-2000 and hosted the Ladies Tea Circle for indigenous women and girls between 1995-2005. Over the past forty years, I have participated in and supported Native American and Chicano indigenous ceremony in California, Arizona, and South Dakota. Presently I am a member of Southern Door Lodge in Los Angeles, CA.
The Indigenous Focus Of My Work As Described By A Collector And Educator, reviews by Armando Duròn and Sybil Venegas
Los Cielos 2000: The Work of Linda Vallejo essay by Sybil Venegas
Notes From the Living Room Couch: A Collector Speaks Out essay by Armando Duron
Urban Prayers: The Celestial Imagery of Linda Vallejo essay by Reina Alejandra Prado Saldivar
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