The Platica Methodology: Connecting Accíon y Poder through Storytelling
For many indigenous communities, platica y cuento / storytelling, has been central to the
way we keep history, values, accountability, and create a future that connects and honors
our ancestral knowledge. Tecihtzin, Herminia Acosta Enrique, was such a storyteller and maestra.

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 Guidelines
Submissions 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 or
Spanish.
If you use outside sources or interview elders or community members, cite references
including 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 Process
Submissions will be due by February 21, 2018 (a week and a half before the tribute). All
submissions received by the deadline will be reviewed by a Selection Committee that
consists of:
Alma Hueso
Dra. Claudia Chavez, PhD
Hector Manuel Larios Galvez
Dra. Victoria Rodriguez, PhD
Jaime Carrillo

Criteria
The 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 will
be notified by email by March 1, 2018.

Prize
In addition to the recognition and respect from your community, there will be cash awards:
1st prize $100
2nd prize $50
3rd prize $50

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Prompt
Write an essay that demonstrates knowledge of the ethics, morals, values, and
pensamientos of Tecihtzin. Be sure to include a description of how she affected and
influenced the arts and was an example of excellence as an Indigenous artista and activista.

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.

Based on the prompt and background provided, enter your submission below in English or Spanish. Formatting, presentation, and content will all count in the selection of winners. *
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