Patrisia Gonzales

As a professor of Mexican American and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona, Gonzales specializes in indigenous medicines. “Indigenous medicines are healing systems that tell us much about how knowledge is maintained, constructed, preserved and asserted by indigenous peoples,” says Gonzales, who is of Mexican American, Nahua, Kickapoo and Comanche heritage. Gonzales has worked as a traditional herbalist and birth attendant alongside making her name as a scholar, documentary producer and columnist, including writing the “Column of the Americas” with Roberto Rodriguez MS’05 Life Sciences Communication. Her books include The Mud People (Chusma, 2003) and the forthcoming Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing (University of Arizona Press, 2012).