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EDINBURG – On Sunday, April 15, the Museum of South Texas History hosts author and curandero (healer), Alberto Salinas Jr., as he presents “Conversations with a Curandero Border Healer” starting at 2 p.m. The program is included in the fee for regular museum admission. MOSTH is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd. in downtown Edinburg.
His traditional healing practices stem from his childhood, culture, and connection to the legendary Mexican folk healer El Niño Fidencio. Growing up in the small South Texas town of Raymondville, during the 1950s, Salinas was exposed to a region in the midst of change. However, Salinas, like many, was raised in a spiritually traditional family who sought the advice and healing powers of curanderos.
Salinas said, “My mother took me to see a curandera when I was growing up. It was and still is a very common practice in our region, although proper documentation of curanderismo or folk medicine is still growing.”
His book,” The Border Healer: My Life” as a curandero, not only informs the reader of his spiritual journey but also documents how curanderismo is an important part of the region’s borderland heritage. The book also addresses Salinas’ work with anthropologist and UTB professor Dr. Antonio Zavaleta.
Dr. Zavaleta met and worked with many curanderos but developed a professional relationship with Alberto Salinas. Their working relationship that spans more than 25 years. Dr. Antonio Zavaleta will also attend as a special guest.
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