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Culture is often thought of as a people’s music, dance, food and traditions.  While this may be true, it is an incomplete perspective.  These may be elements of a culture—but they do not define culture itself.  Culture has to do with the socio-economic-political journey of a people.  Culture has to do with all that a community has collectively determined to achieve in order to live a healthy and dignified life.

As Promotoras, we accept the commitment to take the reigns of this historical, social, economic, and educational journey.  We are accepting the task of creating our culture… to do it in an organized and wise way so that we can change our reality towards our vision of living a healthy and dignified life. 

—The Historical Journey of a Pueblo, a People
by Rosa Marta Zarate Macias, 2002