For years, Green Foothills has shared proceeds from our Nature’s Inspiration fundraiser with local community-based organizations. This practice is grounded in our value of camaraderie and supports our important community partnerships.
With our inspirational artist honorees – Linda Gass and Jane Kim – we wanted to select a grantee from the arts community. We are pleased to announce that Calpulli Tonalehqueh accepted our request to be our community grantee this year.
Calpulli Tonalehqueh is an Aztec dance group based on the foundation of wisdom, harmony, and culture. Their name means “community of guardians who accompany the sun” in the Náhuatl language (an Indigenous language of Mexico). Based in San Jose, they perform throughout the Bay Area and beyond at powwows, community events, festivals, and educational and cultural institutions. They see performing as a means of sharing their dance and vibrant culture and building relations through cultural sharing. They also offer educational workshops on Aztec dance, culture, and calendar.
Green Foothills envisions a resilient region where wildlife thrives, everyone has natural beauty to enjoy, and communities live in balance with nature. One of the pillars of our recently published centennial vision is for native wildlife and plant habitats to be restored. This vision will only be achieved in community with our partners in a larger, more inclusive movement, and the leadership of land stewardship by local Indigenous tribes and peoples is paramount. As a prolific convener and champion of the Indigenous community and allies, Calpulli Tonalehqueh is a key partner in our centennial vision, which emphasizes leadership of land stewardship by local Indigenous tribes and peoples. We want to help this amazing local nonprofit succeed in their work.
Thank you, Calpulli Tonalehqueh for being a part of Nature’s Inspiration! We look forward to Calpulli Tonalehqueh performing an opening ceremony and a traditional Aztec dance at Nature’s Inspiration!