Ixchel Tonāntzin Xōchitlzihuatl
Xi'im Ek Balam

Ixchel is a culture and peace strategist. She co-evolves the human species towards more peaceful, sustainable, and cosmically harmonious past/ futures. Her techniques include time-travel, design justice, emergent strategy, somatics, and indigenous wisdom.

Ixchel co-founded Las Imaginistas, now Xi’im Ek Balam (United States Artists, ArtPlace America, Blade of Grass). Her projects focus on social-spatial acupuncture (collaborating with wisdom keepers who steward sacred sites and cultural clues for decolonization). She also founded Voces Unidas, a nonprofit at the US/ Mexico border integrating indigenous wisdom with immigrant and border advocacy.

Her writings are published by the Ford Foundation (republished by Smithsonian Asian American Magazine), Architecture League of New York, and Shelterforce. Her artworks exhibited at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NY), Movement Research (NY), and SOMA (Mexico City, MX).

Ixchel is mixed indigenous from Maiza (Uto-Aztecan/ Uto-Nahuatl) and Éire (Ireland). She holds masters from Columbia University and from Harvard.