WISDOM | HARMONY | CULTURE
Our Mission & Philosophy
Calpulli Tonalehqueh’s work is founded on the concepts of:
WISDOM | HARMONY | CULTURE
Wisdom involves seeking, obtaining, sharing indigenous knowledge and traditions.
Harmony involves striving for harmony with self, mother earth, the creator, and others.
Culture refers to walking the Red Road, which includes: native arts, cultural productions, and a native worldview.
Tonalehqueh is a multilayered metaphorical term. It means “Those who accompany the sun along its journey.” It refers to those who individually and collectively strive to meet their full potential on earth, and who take the characteristics of the sun as their goals for personal growth and existence. Like the Sun itself, we seek to be resplendent, strong, steady, life-giving, balanced, humble, virtuous, and creative.
Calpulli Tonalehqueh also hosts the largest Azteca Mexica New Year Ceremony & Celebration in the nation. Everyone is invited to attend on the weekend of March 13 -15, 2020 for the Mexica New Year at Emma Prusch Park in the City of San Jose. Their goal is to make it educational, sustainable and environmentally friendly. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Making Mexican Culture Learning More Enjoyable
We do Aztec Dance presentations year round for a variety of audiences including Schools from grades K-12, Universities, Powwows, Community Festivals, Corporate Events, Museums and private events including Quinceañera, Weddings, birthdays and funerals. We do travels outside of the Bay Area and State. If you are interested in hiring Calpulli Tonalehqueh, we recommend submitting an inquiry with as much detail as possible. We enjoy sharing and educating our Native traditions with others.
Currently, we offer three types of workshops. Each workshop is 1.5 hours. We can teach at your preferred location. Workshops can be residencies depending on your needs.
Introduction to Aztec Dance
Drum Introduction to Aztec Culture
Introduction to Aztec Calendar
Aztec Mexica New Year | Yancuic Xihuitl
Calpulli Tonalehqueh also hosts the largest Azteca Mexica New Year Ceremony & Celebration in the nation. Everyone is invited to attend on the weekend of March 13 - 15 2020 at Emma Prusch Park in the City of San Jose. Our goal is to make it educational, sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Arts & Crafts
The ceremony is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit event, that is free and open to the public. Drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited to maintain a safe and welcoming environment to families in attendance.
Classes | Ensayo
Calpulli Tonalehqueh practices every Wednesday night at the School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
The School is located at:
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San Jose, CA 95116
On the corner of King and Alum Rock
Calpulli members and beginners are welcome at 7:00 pm and members of other other groups can join us at 8 pm. Parking is free and please park in the King Road side of the building.
Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead
The School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza 16th Annual Día de Los Muertos ceremony in San Jose! Join us in ceremony and communion with our ancestors. Only those who are no longer remembered are the ones who truly die!
Date: November 01, 2019
Arts & Crafts 4 PM -9 PM
Danza 6 PM - 9 PM
Palabra 9 PM
Closing 10 PM
FREE Admission/Entrada Gratis
School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
We have collaborated with numerous amount of local businesses and non-profits in Silicon Valley. Our presentations include: powwows, community events, festivals, educational and cultural institutions. We see performing as a means of sharing our dance and vibrant culture with our audience and building relations through cultural sharing.
Request a Presentation
In order to better accommodate our dancers, here are a few logistics we request for presentations: close parking, a dressing room, 1 Microphone and stand, a small table, and 1 case of waters.
Payment the day of the performance.*