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
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