Amalia Astorga is an internationally-renowned herbalist of Seri and O’odham Indian descent. She has traveled to the U.S. and Europe sharing her people’s songs, visual arts and stories with other cultures. She and her husband, Adolfo Burgos, teach traditional songs and dances to the children of the Seri tribe in Desemboque, Sonora, a coastal town in northern Mexico. In 1998, she was honored as a “Keeper of the Desert Treasure” by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for passing on to younger generations the herbal knowledge, as well as the songs and stories of the Seri people. Her father, José Astorga, began the world famous Seri tradition of making carvings of native animals out of ironwood and stone. It is a craft tradition which she maintains to this day.
Amalia Astorga worked with Gary Nabhan to write Efraín of the Sonoran Desert, A Lizard’s Life Among the Seri Indians.