Ixtlixochitl Salinas-White Hawk
Indigenous Artist and Cultural Educator/Consultant.
Ixtli is of the Pochteca, of the Nahua-Mexika (Aztec) culture, from Iztacalco and Tlacopan, now part of Mexico City, Mex.
She was born into the traditional dance circle, surrounded by art and culture from birth. Ixtli's love for creating wearable art stems from watching her parents creating the most beautiful and intricate dance regalia for traditional dancers and whole dance groups. Her father, a muralist with an infinite creativity and love for traditional arts taught her to see the world through the eyes of an artist.
Her art is ever changing and evolving through the years, always finding beauty in every form. All her pieces are hand crafted with care and quality materials. Although she creates art in various forms, her work usually gravitates around Indigenous wearable art.
Ixtli has been traveling the world from a very young age as the spokesperson for TLOKE-NAHUAKE Traditional Aztec Fire Dancers, the family dance circle. Serving as ambassadors throughout the North American continent reconnecting with other Indigenous communities, and continuing her ancestors mission. Primarily working with tribes, schools (elementary to universities) and museums. Presenting dance, art, culture, music and language through performances, workshops and residencies.
Ixtli resides in Washington State with her family, teaching and growing a new branch of Tloke Nahuake, the Tlayohlotli (Heart of the Earth) Aztec dance circle. She is a fulltime student at North Seattle, and working on an Oregon State University Permaculture Certification as a member of Yahowt Permaculture Indigenous Women Cohort.
She is a member of Circle of Indigenous People, working each year to share and teach of Native cultures, traditions and art with the thousands of visitors at Folklife Festival. Hosting local and visiting tribal members throughout Memorial Day weekend is the highlight celebration of the work put into the community by all the members of the committee.
Ixtli is part of Folklife’s 2018 Cultural Focus Advisory Committee representing Indigenous communities of Mexico. Projects include cultural relevant representation in events at Seattle Center and throughout Seattle. Starting a Chicano and Mexican-American Youth Artist Residency Program, and mentorship with community organizers.
Ixtli's artistic work and community involvement is an expression of her Nahua-Mexika roots; as she lives and thrives in two worlds. She is often a part of community and environmental efforts to ensure Indigenous identity and natural resources will continue being a reality for our children and children’s children.
She encourages and supports family unity; as well as nurturing a creative and open mind for children through cultural programs, performances and workshops.
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