Preston Vargas lives in the ancestral lands of the people known to us today as Coast Miwok and Suisun where Big Sagebrush and Madrone trees freely grow. He honors their ancestors. Preston’s place of birth, southeastern Massachusetts, is the lands of his grandmother’s ancestral people, the Wampanoag, “People of the First Light”. It is a place where freed black slaves found embrace in the remnants of the local indigenous communities. It is also the land where his mother’s Cape Verdean immigrant ancestors first arrived. Although he now lives in the San Francisco Bay, the land spirits of Massachusetts and the water spirits of Cape Cod periodically draw him back.
Preston’s bio-cultural heritage combines African American, Cape Verdean, Wampanoag, Irish, West Indian, and much more. Yet, his identity is something else.
He is Coyote. Preston Vargas. He is a Reclaiming witch and priest-ess. He is an crowned with the Orisha Obatala and strives to uplift Ifa and his Ile. He is a mesa carrier and shamanic healer. He is a black man. A queer man. He is an anti-oppression scholar and activist. He is an artist of the spirits.
Preston is an Oracular Artist and trusts in the healing guidance of spirits who wish to have their stories re-presented in works of art. His ancestors are ever present in his journey. His ritual practice is a blend of witchcraft, shamanic inspiration, ancestral medicine training, Orisha guidance, hoodoo, sorcery, and Fey magic.The medicine he carries is interwoven with the knowledge he developed in his postgraduate degrees in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness as well as Transformative Studies.
The gifts Preston offers from his training in indigenous ancestral healing traditions are tempered with healing justice, his awareness of privileged power dynamics and his commitments to anti-oppression. He is imperfect and ever-growing. Overall, Preston believes that the actions we make can stretch backward in time to heal the wounds of all our relations and stretch forward in time to manifest the best possible future.