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Starting in 2013, Casa Quetzalcoatl has empowered families in Utah
Quetzalcoatl
Quetzalcoatl is the Aztec god that represents "precious knowledge." The familia and casa is the center of precious knowledge.
Each of those precious knowledge grows our community cultural wealth
Amigo:
What's "community cultural wealth"?
Dr. Yara J. Yosso:
It's the combination of capitals that includes Cultural Capital, Aspirational Capital, Familial Capital, Social Capital, Navigational Capital, Resistant Capital, and Linguistic Capital (2005).
Aspirational Capital
"refers to the ability to maintain hopes and dreams for the future, even in the face of real and perceived barriers. This resiliency is evidenced in those who allow themselves and their children to dream of possibilities beyond their present circumstances, often without the objective means to attain those goals." (Yosso, 2005)
Linguistic Capital
"includes the intellectual and social skills attained thorugh communication experiences in more than one language and/or style." Storytelling is important part of this capital for many students in Casa Quetzalcoatl, "skills [that] may include memorization, attention to detail, dramatic pauses, comedic timing, facial affect, vocal tone, volume, rhythm and rhyme" (Yosso, 2005)
Familial Capital
"refers to those cultural knowledges nurtured among familia (kin) that carry a sense of community history, memory and cultural intuition. This form of cultural wealth engages a commitment to community well being and expands the concept of family to include a more broad understanding of kinship." (Yosso, 2005)
Social Capital
"can be understood as networks of people and community resources. These peer and other social contacts can provide both instrumental and emotional support to navigate through society's institutions." (Yosso, 2005)
Navigational Capital
"refers to the skills of maneuvering through social institutions" especially those that may be unsupportive or hostile environments. (Yosso, 2005)
Resistance Capital
"refers those knowledges and skills fostered through oppositional behavior that challenges inequality...informed by a Freirean critical consciousness (1970), or recognition of the structural nature of oppression and the motivation to work towards social and racial justice, resistance takes on a transformative form." (Yosso, 2005)
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