About

The Growth of My Philosophy

I am of Amah Mutsun Ohlone (California Native) and Aztec heritage and hold an M.A. in Counseling.  As a university counselor and Native Studies professor,  I devoted my career to advocating for diverse communities and Native American families.  I am also an artist, musician, author, and illustrator.  

In my lifetime I have been fortunate to find teachers, guides, and Shamans who invited me to join in many experiences and adventures. I use my experience with those amazing individuals and the teachings of Nature to help others bring about positive change in themselves that, I believe, ultimately affects us all. 

As a docent at the State Indian Museum in Sacramento I play and teach Native flute, and share stories about Native cultures and my spiritual journey.

Click here for more information in an article from Inside Magazine (pages 44-45).

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Umunhum in the Mutsun dialect means resting place of the hummingbird. The bird is now used as the emblem of my people, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. It is significant in the Band's origin story.

Click HERE to view How Hummingbird Got Fire.

photo courtesy @anikophotos