Background“Herminia Acosta Enrique (Tecihtzin), is best known as the founder of the Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan (1967), and co-founder of San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza (1969). She is a life-long art and social justice activist, preserving and teaching dance and the arts while promoting dialogue among Indigenous tribes of the Americas. Since childhood in the 1920s, Enrique designed costumes, composed plays, produced local musical theatre productions, and taught folklore. Tecihtzin was an early advocacy for two-spirit, LGBT people and youth. In 1978, she participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Program in storytelling sessions on Mexican folktales, myths, legends, superstitions, and was a facilitator of Mexican games. The author of Chia A Powerful Recuerdo, several pieces about Folkloric Dance, and numerous short plays, songs, and performance art work, she was a frequent speaker in San Diego and San Antonio, Texas about Southwest folktales, traditional morality tales, she has not only passed on cultural treasures to generations, but helped create a proud identity for thousands of children and adult Chicanas and Chicanos in San Diego for 35 years.”
For more information about The Tecihtzin Tribute and Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan, visit:http://balletfolkloricoenaztlan.org/the_tecihtzin_tribute
Writing and Submission GuidelinesSubmissions will be welcome from authors aged 13-17 years old.Submissions must be within 200-500 words, and presented in essay or prose in English orSpanish. If you use outside sources or interview elders or community members, cite referencesincluding interview information.Use of profanities or disrespectful content will be automatically disqualified.
The winners should be available to present their piece on March 4th, 2018 at the Tecihtzin Tribute. If they are not available, a presenter will be selected to highlight their work. All participants are encouraged to attend the Tecihtzin Tribute regardless of the selection of their essay.
Selection ProcessSubmissions will be due by February 21, 2018 (a week and a half before the tribute). Allsubmissions received by the deadline will be reviewed by a Selection Committee thatconsists of:Alma HuesoDra. Claudia Chavez, PhDHector Manuel Larios GalvezDra. Victoria Rodriguez, PhDJaime Carrillo
CriteriaThe Selection Committee will use the criteria below to select the winning entries:1. Comprehension of the ethics and core values that Tecihtzin held.2. Is able to show an in depth analysis of her life.3. And able to demonstrate that in depth research was conducted.Judges will review submitted work between February 22 - February 26, and the winners willbe notified by email by March 1, 2018.
PrizeIn addition to the recognition and respect from your community, there will be cash awards:1st prize $1002nd prize $503rd prize $50
Once you’ve done your research, describe how your experiences, hopes, and dreams are reflected or inspired by Tecihtzin and the life she led as an Indigenous artista and activista.