Laura “Yohualtlahuiz” Rios-Ramirez aka 4Rios is a performance artist and community organizer in Central Texas. She has customized curriculum, written lectures, and created projects that engage participants in reclaiming identity in a post-colonial society. Her canon of youth-based and culturally relevant programs incorporates elements of Hip Hop, Mexican (Aztec), and Earth-based culture as a vehicle for empowerment. She is a trained Xinachtli educator and the founder of SOUL Sessions, a Hip Hop culture and dance youth program in Austin, Texas. She has coordinated youth programs for the Mexican American Cultural Center, Indigenous Cultures Institute, Alma de Mujer and the Indigenous Women’s Network. Proficient in articulating the reclamation of identity as a tool for success, she has presented at the University of Texas – Austin and San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake, Headwaters at Incarnate Word, San Antonio Library and the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Educator Training Program. Her recent work focuses on demystifying the legacies of Mexican indigenous practices through the amalgamation of music, language, and art inspired by her journey in Hip Hop and traditional indigenous culture of Mexico. Laura is currently a candidate in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program at Our Lady of the Lake.
She is currently an educator at Martinez Street Women’s Center, designing lessons based on the Nepohualtzintzin and exploring Kemetic math games. She is a Climate Justice organizer and member with It Takes Roots, Southwest Workers Union and Society of Native Nations. She is also a Spokesperson for Kalpulli Ameyaltonal Tejaztlan.