Introducing Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz

Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz is the Director of the Original Caretakers Program, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2017- ), and General Coordinator of the Otomi-Toltec Regional Council in Mexico, guardian of the ancestral sacred Otomi knowledge and original peoples of Mesoamerica. Mindahi is in charge of carrying out the main Otomi ritual events based on the ancestral calendars and has been an Otomi-Toltec Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988.

Bastida Muñoz is also the President of the Mexico Council of Sustainable Development, a member of the Steering Committee of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative
( ), and has served as a delegate to several commissions and summits on indigenous rights and the environment including the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu and Gyeongju, Korea, April
12-17, 2015.

Born in Tultepec, Mexico, he holds a doctorate in Rural Development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), University Medal of Merit; M.A. Political Science, Carleton University, Canada. Currently he is advisor of the Provost of UAM-Unidad Lerma. President of the Mexican Council on Sustainable Development and General Coordinator of the Otomi del Alto Lerma Regional Council. He was official Delegate of Mexico in the World Summit of Johannesburg (2002) and Delegate of Indigenous Peoples at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (1992).

He has worked in the United Nations Environment Programme, in the SEMARNAT, and the Secretary of the Environment of the Government of the State of Mexico. He has been member of the Joint Public
Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (CEC).  Currently he is member of Steering Committee – Advisory Group of the Convention on Biological Diversity – Article 8j- of the United Nations. He has written extensively on the relationship between the State and Indigenous Peoples, intercultural education intellectual property rights, and associated traditional knowledge, among other topics.