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Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl

Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl is a Calpulli (from Nahuatl language meaning “neighborhood”) or cultural circle and dance group that performs indigenous ritual dances that are known as Danza Azteca-Chichimeca. This form of dance comes from a Mesoamerican region called Valley of Anahuac, a place that is now known as Mexico City.

Though has evolved through history, Danza Azteca was originally created by the inhabitants of that part of the continent hundreds of years before the arrival of the first Europeans to this land and has been kept alive through generations of dancers.
 

While in the sacred circle of Danza, we, Indigenous people (Mexica, Zapotec, Maya, etc.), connect with the universe, pray to our ancestors, honor Mother Earth and celebrate our traditions.

In Xochitl In Cuicatl members, actively engage in conocimiento or knowledge of traditions while honoring the four directions and four elements. We also engage in intellectual communication and research through a series of workshops addressing the history and past knowledge of this dance and the Mexica and Mesoamerican culture as a whole.

In Xochitl In Cuicatl literally means flower and song, which is a metaphor for poetry. According to our beloved ancestors, our only contribution as human beings is found in the flowers and songs, referring to the flowers, as the knowledge that is expressed in the actions that come from the heart, and the songs, as the beauty seen through human existence.