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Elder Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez

Elder Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez, a fluent Tewa language speaker, is a native spirit-rooted social activist, community educator, and traditional black ware potter from San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. As co-founder of Tewa Women United, Elder Kathy is inspirational in doing presentations, trainings, and program development in her many roles for Tewa Women United over more than thirty years. Her work includes developing transformative tools such as the “Two-World Harmony, Butterfly Model” and “Trauma Healing Rocks” which address integrative wisdom of healing colonial trauma of mind, body, heart and spirit all from a Native woman’s lived perspectives.

She speaks as part of an IndigenousWays virtual two-day healing on May 8th and 9th, 2021, in collaboration with Tewa Women United, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the Santa Fe Indian School.

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