Curanderismo Explained to Large Crowd

at January SAHS Meeting

Dr. Elizabeth De La Portilla, anthropologist, and her co-researcher and friend, Mr. Madrigal, took guests and members on a journey to forgotten places in Texas where the healing herbs grow amidst junkyards and desolation. Dr. De La Portilla read excerpts from her book, The All Want Magic, and made us feel that we were with her as she learned the old traditions of healing from her family members. Mr. Madigral, speaking through an interpreter, discussed medicinal uses for rue, rosemary, and other herbs that have been used for centuries in healing ritual. He invited visitors to his home to further explore these traditions. Many thanks to both for a fascinating program!

Contact information for Dr. De La Portilla is:

Elizabeth de la Portilla, Ph.D
Anthropology Program
Department of Sociology
303F CAC
San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX 78212

Mr. Madrigal, left, and Dr. De La Portilla, right

SAHS President Eileen Achorn introduces the program

An assortment of Mr. Madrigal's healing herbs

The Twig Bookshop was on hand to make copies of the speaker's book available to attendees

Dr. De La Portilla invited guests to smell Rue, then told them what their impressions told about themselves and their personalities