The Killing of Tlazoteotl

“We’re killing Tlazoteotl.  She’s dying,” the abuela said nervously to the circle.

Her breath became rapid as everyone’s jaws hit the floor and simultaneously became silent.

I felt a cold chill.  My heart began to beat rapidly.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Umm hmm,” she said, nodding her head vigorously.  “She is being killed.  We are killing her.  She can’t eat the plastic.

“The Tlazoteotl energy that composts, the earth process that eats what we put in the landfills…she can’t eat the plastic,” she said with a fear in her eyes that she did not want us to touch.



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Iris Rodriguez

Artivist / Journalist / Rascuacha Tech / Network Producer at Xica Media
Iris Rodriguez is a digital strategist, multimedia producer, author, musical artist, and poet from San Antonio, Texas.Since 2002 her body of work has addressed environmental racism/justice, family detention,decolonization, cultural arts, guerrilla media, Xicanisma and public archives.
Her upcoming book, Return To The Red Road, is a collection of poetry, art, and stories about her journey through decolonization.Her newly opened musical production house, Tezcatlipoca Records, produces music of modern Cemanahuac.Her latest album, La Cultura Nos Cura, is a fusion of cumbia and indigenous Mexican instruments, earth- and spirit-conscious lyrics, and decolonial themes.Read full bio here.
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