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Meet Panquetzani Ticitl of INDIGEMAMA: Ancestral Healing in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Panquetzani Ticitl.

Panquetzani honors the 4,000 year-old traditions of her foremothers + integrates her lifetime of study into her practice + daily life. She comes from a matriarchal family of folk healers from the valley of Mexico (Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, y Tlaxcala), La Comarca Lagunera (Durango + Coahuila), and Zacatecas. Hearing family narratives of doctoring + deep transformation led Panquetzani to trust that all people have innate wisdom that can revolutionize their personal, family, + community well-being.

In 2007, Panquetzani decided to take her practice outside of her own body + lineage to serve her community. As a traditional herbalist, healer, + birthkeeper, Panquetzani has touched over 3,000 wombs + bellies spread across three countries + two dozen cities in the last decade. Since 2012, as the foundress of Indigemama: Ancestral Healing, she has taught 93 live, in-person intensives, workshops, and trainings, totaling more than 1500 hours of live instruction and countless hours of free + online education. Ask Panquetzani’s students about her pedagogy + student-led, emergent teaching style. On her days off, you’ll find Panquetzani feeding friends + getting into mischief with her guapo + 3 sons.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Indigemama came out of a deep need and calling from my community. I started out helping friends, family, and their friends with birthing, sexual health, and womb healing practices. I loved sharing my stories, ways of healing, and gave them bodywork and consultations freely, without asking anything in return for many years. By the time I had my second son, my home was like a community center: People in and out, getting worked on, borrowing books, harvesting from my garden, sending their kids outside to play with mine, and eating the nutritive traditional foods I taught them to prepare.

At three months postpartum, I had a challenging day. I was wearing my baby while doing sobadas and rebozo bodywork. I fed a whole family, sent them home with books and fermented goodies, and hoped for a minute to rest before bathing my boys and having dinner. My eldest son walked in the house full of dirt, tired, and hungry. I walked over to our small kitchen to serve him frijoles, veggies, and wild rice from our slow cooker. Just when I thought I had it all together, I realized there was not one drop of food left. Our guests helped themselves to every drop. Disappointed and trying to calm my son (and myself), I opened the fridge in search of a quick, nutritious bite for us all. We had nothing.

I hadn’t realized I was generously offering everything we had without any boundaries. My (now) ex-partner walked in the door and saw that our guests had left a mess: toys, books, and snacks were spread across the wood floor, I was exhausted, and both babies were crying. I asked him to go and get us groceries so I can make dinner. Instead, he shamed me for living in filth and having no food for my kids. He was no help. He stormed out the house for me to figure out everything on my own. I cried with the kids, realizing I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be. I wasn’t living the life I wanted to live. My community didn’t support my well-being in the way I supported them.

I felt betrayed by everyone. Then, overcome by mental clarity, I realized that I built this life, and I can build another one. I vowed to myself and my children that from there on out, they’d have a present mother who fights for them and herself, before anyone else. Indigemama was born out of my realizing that holistic wellness means reclaiming my own merit, strength, and healing. I deserve to be well, just as my client does. My children deserve to have a happy, present mama, and it’s my job to make sure I have my needs met to make that happen.

I began charging for workshops, private services, and products. My work continued to blossom, and I’m able to help more and more folks every day in a way that’s sustainable for me and my growing family.

Please tell us about INDIGEMAMA: Ancestral Healing.
Indigemama: Ancestral Healing helps hundreds of women and folks each year attain optimal health. Inspired by Mexican Traditional Medicine (MTM), we have offered 100+ workshops throughout the “United States”, and internationally. Indigemama believes that mothers + primary parents are bearers of cultura, our first teachers, and healers. Indigemama honors that human life comes through the womb and that an intimate connection to the divine + Earth are maintained through this channel.

Through hands-on healing, distance coaching, and dynamic education, Indigemama helps you maintain harmony, beginning with your matriz. To date, Indigemama has assisted more than three thousand women + folks across borders, using the tools of womb healing sobadas (womb massage), herbalism, traditional bodywork, + birth keeping.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Belting out Rancheras with my abuelita, as we sat in evening traffic on the 110 Pasadena freeway, on our way back home from preschool.

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Edgar Ibarria, Paz Kinnaman

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