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Native Folk Healers Meet Western Medicine 8/6

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Onsite Contact: Sofia Chavez Frederick, 303-726-7119

Posted: August 5, 2010

WHAT: The second annual Dance of the Flower Medicine – Danza Xochitl Pahtli – community health fair is being held with support from Metropolitan State College of Denver. The weeklong health fair, Aug. 2 – 6, creates a community bridge between traditional healing practices of Mexico to more modern Western forms of medicine. Organizers anticipate more than 400 people present at Friday’s event where the community will take part in medicine demonstrations and visit the educational booths, arts and crafts, food and drink and children’s activities.

WHY: The event demonstrates how ancient health practices can be celebrated and embraced, while also educating the Latino community regarding the importance and practice of modern health care. Presentations discussing health from the Curanderismo perspective will be given, along with healing ceremonies performed in Mexican and Native American colorful dress. Curanderismo is a traditional Mexican-American healing system combining various theoretical elements into a holistic approach to illness and believing that disease may have not only natural but also spiritual causes. The event addresses the strong evidence for best practices for primary care self-management, while helping reduce cultural barriers that prevent people form seeking modern health care.

WHERE: Quigg Newton Family Resource Center, 4440 Navajo St. Denver, CO 80211 (44th and Navajo)

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Free Public Event)

Opening Traditional Ceremony and Dance (Native American Dress)       10:00 – 11:00 a.m.                  
Individuated Smoke and Spiritual Cleansing Ceremonies                       11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.         
WHO: Event founder Sofia Chavez Fredrick, (Metro State Alumnus ’08), founder of Estara Programs, is available for interviews with Metro State student volunteers. For the last year, Frederick has been teaching weekly classes at Quigg Newton Housing Project to advance the health of the Sunnyside neighborhood.

Carol Jensen, Metro State associate professor of health professions, can address the importance of this type of event to raise health awareness in the Latino community.

HOW: The program is supported in part through time and resources provided by Metro State’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Department of Chicana/o Studies and Department of Health Professions. This program supports Metro State’s goals to help at-risk youth and students of color, as the College works to achieve federal status as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

VISUAL: The best visuals are between 10:00-11:00 a.m. when medicine people perform ritual dance and song in full native dress. 


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 23,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans, and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.