"Liberation mythologies" is Raquel's working term to explore the intersections between artistic practice, spiritual belief and grassroots activism. Taking my cue from cultural historian Robin D.G.Kelley, I focus on the "dreams of freedom" at the root of myth-making. And taking another cue from mythologists Joseph Campbell and Robert Segal as well as religious historian Karen Armstrong, I look at myths not as stories or beliefs that are (necessarily) untrue but as tropes that poetically attempt to explain or get us closer to the unexplainable, and most importantly, as tropes that give individuals and communities the strength to keep crafting and pursuing their dreams of freedom. Though my ideas about liberation mythologies can be applied to various spiritual traditions, my work as a scholar and artist focuses on two communities of practice: an extended community of New Yorkers who specialize in Afro-Puerto Rican bomba and Afro-Dominican palos and gag roots music; and a New Mexico-based community of concheros and danza mexica (Mexica or Aztec dance) practitioners. I am particularly interested in exploring these practices as neo-ancestral traditions whose participants are invested in "recuperating" the past in order to build toward a better future.