It holds a special place in the hearts of people from those cultures who now call Utah home.
According to 2020 Census data compiled by the Kem C. Gardner Institute, 15% of Utahns are of Hispanic or Latino origin. Artist and educator Vicky Lowe said the community gathered for the ceremony identifies beyond that designation.
“We are not Spaniards, Latinos, Mexicanos — we are Indigenous people. We've been doing our ceremonies in different spaces, but now to have all of us here together, we're getting stronger and that’s what we need.”
It’s a traditional method of growing crops, including corn, beans and squash.
Translator and volunteer Laura Perez said those gathered at Wasatch Community Gardens are building community while deepening their connection to the earth.
“We want to make sure that Mother Nature will help grow the food strong and we’re using everyone in the community — everyone here is helping. You have the little ones who have their sticks, and they're making the holes so that the adults can go in and plant the seed,” said Perez.
Corrected: July 3, 2023 at 12:04 PM MDT
An earlier version of this story misspelled Judith Magaly's surname. We regret the error.
David Childs has had two tours with KUER. First, in 2012 as a weekend host before pairing that with a full-time position on the development team in 2013. And second starting in 2021 as a fill-in host before taking the reins as production coordinator.