Teresa Urrea, a curandera (spiritual healer) was a reluctant political figure, born in Mexico in 1873 to a young Tehueco Indian servant of Tomás Urrea, a wealthy hacendado. Although illegitimate, Teresa was accepted as his daughter. At 16, she lapsed into a trance that lasted over three months. When she awoke, she reported the Virgin had visited her and told her she had special powers to heal the sick and injured. Mexican Indian tribes claimed Teresa as a living saint, using her as an inspiration for revolting against the government. Presidente Díaz exiled her for supposedly instigating rebellion but the U.S. granted her asylum. She toured the U.S. as a faith healer in the 1900’s.
Elena Díaz Björkquist is a writer, historian, and artist from Tucson, Arizona. She writes about Morenci where she was born. Elena is the author of two books, Suffer Smoke and Water from the Moon and co-editor of Sowing the Seeds, una cosecha de recuerdosand Our Spirit, Our Reality; celebrating our Stories. She is a scholar and research affiliate with SIROW at the University of Arizona. Elena is the recipient of the 2012 Arizona Humanities Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Bill Desmond Writing Award. Her personal website is: https://elenadiazbjorkquist.wordpress.com.