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Support for Caregiving Folk of Gender-Diverse Children | January 10, 2022

Rafael/a Luna Pizano asks us to approach the care and support of gender-sacred children by following their lead, understanding their historic and ecological connections, and recognize them as joyful beings, like any children

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Rafael/a Luna Pizano

I have grown next to Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa (the Pacific Ocean), Mount Tahoma, the mountains of Tongva peoples, and near the dxʷdəwʔabš river.  My peoples are Visaya, Ilocana, Xicana and more unknown, unnamed.  Therefore, I am bakla, two-spirit/ed, and trans*.  My name is Rafael/a Luna-Pizano, and currently, I am a ritual artist and hesitant scholar, working towards the completion of a PhD (Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao / Māori and Indigenous Studies) at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato (University of Waikato) in Aotearoa-NZ.  My creative practice research focuses on enacted ritual as an Indigenous research methodology towards the reclamation of Indigenous, Trans* legacy.  I have worked for over a decade as a community bodyworker, reproductive health worker, and care-giver.  I have worked for over a decade as a community bodyworker, reproductive health worker, and care-giver. For my ritual practice, I continue to train as a martial artist, dancer, poet, and sound artist.  I am honoured to love and grow with my Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer communities as a protector, bridge-builder, and instrument of trans* joy.  

Date added: January 12, 2022

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