Creating space and time to preserve and promote indigenous traditions.
Indigenous Roots began its work in 2007 from a dance and drum community circle known as Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli. This community circle continues to share traditional Mexica Nahua dance, drum and song. Through the years, Indigenous Roots has evolved to meet the growing need to reconnect with ancestral knowledge systems. Therefore, additional classes and workshops such as song, instrument, language, and philosophy were created to meet the requests of community members.
Sergio Quiroz and Mary Anne Quiroz, Co-Executive Directors of Indigenous Roots and Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, provide artist residencies, workshops and lectures to preserve and promote the Mexica Nahua indigenous arts and traditions.
Meet Sergio Cenoch & Mary Anne Quiroz
Together with their four children, Sergio Cenoch and Mary Anne Quiroz, have been practicing and promoting traditional Mexica Nahua culture for over 15 years.
Sergio Cenoch Quiroz was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1989. Rooted in his cultural identity, Sergio Cenoch began organizing cultural events in high school, highlighting Mexican indigenous festivities such as Dia de los Muertos. His passion for arts and culture merged with dance at Johnson High School, where Sergio Cenoch co-organized a Mexican folkloric and Mexica Aztec dance group. Today, Sergio Cenoch teaches and shares the ancestral knowledge, traditions and ceremonies that has been taught to him by his elders and teachers.
Mary Anne Quiroz was born in Manila, Philippines and is passionate about arts and culture. At the age of six, Mary Anne expressed her interest for dance in ballet and Polynesian dance in various dance schools in the Philippines. Her grandmother, Lola Esther, taught her traditional Filipino dances. After immigrating to the United States in 1989, Mary Anne became involved in community work as a youth organizer and found her passion for arts advocacy and community engagement.
Like their teachers and elders, Sergio Cenoch and Mary Anne Quiroz value the concept of duality and uphold the four virtues of a Mazehual with their family and community: Respect, Honesty, Gratitude and Service.