In this interview, Lucia Veronica Carmona shares her courageous journey searching for her roots as a Mexican fronteriza (a person who lives on a national border). Her search took her across rural Mexico, where she learned traditions from local elders; brought her back to the border, where she worked as a lead organizer for the Colonias Development Council; and has ultimately materialized in the work she leads at Raices del Saber Xinachtli Community School, a charter school for kindergarten through fifth-grade students that uses Mesoamerican Indigenous concepts in its curriculum. In May 2014, she became a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow as part of the first class of the organization’s Community Leadership Network program.
Carmona sings traditional Mexican music, and in this interview shares a song in Nahuatl, English, and Spanish that was recently taught at Raices del Saber Xinachtli Community School. —Ane González Lara, Diverse Peoples, Arid Landscapes, and the Built Environment report editor