Amos Rodriguez

Cultural Mentor, Instructor

 

Biography

Hiking and hunting the hills and volcanoes of Central America in the 80’s and 90’s gave Amós Rodriguez a foundation for his primitive skills life’s practice. Growing up in the context of the U.S. financed civil war in El Salvador increased his urban and wilderness survival and awareness skills; both of which are essential for striving in our modern society. 

During the post-war period, Amós assisted rural communities devastated by the violence. This experiences increased his humanism, his self identification as a native of Central America and highlighted the need to be an advocate for strong sustainable communities. 
 
In the fall of 2000, he received a scholarship to finish his higher education in the United States. This education as well as travel experiences in the American continent allowed him to move deeper into his connection to place, ancestry, and self. Spiritual journeys, such as the Sundance Ceremony of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, have reinforced the pillars in which his Spiritual life and practice are based.

“In 2006 I attended a ceremony in South Dakota called the Sun Dance at the wild horse sanctuary in The Sacred Paha Sapa Mountains. This experience changed my life. I continued attending the ceremony run by the Afraid of Bear and American Horse tiospayes as a supporter, and I have danced the Sundance from 2011-2018. This spiritual practice is a very important but humble prayer and is one of many important native rituals, some of which are similar to the prayers that the Maya / lenca / pipil communities practiced in Mesoamerica during pre-Columbian times. One of such ceremonies is the Inipi / Temazcal or purification ceremony, which takes place on a covered dome and is heated by pouring water on hot stones. These rituals are part of my spiritual life and practice, which is also accompanied by the continuous learning of primitive skills.”