Did you know that Aztec history in Arizona goes back to before the time of the Hohokam? It’s evidence is all around you if you know what to look for (even in Old Town Scottsdale!) Alberto Olivas gives a brief history of the Mexica (Aztec) people in Arizona and tells the story of discovering his own Mexica heritage, his accidental introduction to the Aztec community in Arizona, and engages participants in a fun and thought-provoking discussion about what it means to be a “cultural warrior”.
Alberto Olivas is an advocate for inclusion of under-served populations in public policy, and in business and educational opportunities. Having held leadership positions for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Commission of Indian Affairs, and in the administrations of Governor Hull and Secretary of State Bayless, he has represented Hispanic, American Indian and LGBTQ interests by linking nonprofits, business partners, and public agencies at the city, county, state, and national levels. He is a retired performer from a classic rock cover band (lead vocals), a Mexican folklorico dance company, an Aztec dance circle, and a Hawaiian hula halau.