Indigenous Environmental Activist & Hip Hop Artist

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

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With a unique talent for connecting people through popular culture, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shares the messages and lessons of his indigenous roots to better serve the planet and reimagine the future for his generation.

Xiuhtezcatl (Shoe-TEZ-caught) Martinez is an advocate, leader, activist and hip-hop artist. He has a unique talent for connecting people through popular culture and sharing the message of his indigenous roots. Drawing on his heritage and ancestry as an Aztec raised in the tradition of the Mexica, one of the native peoples of Mexico, X inspires and leads others to better serve the planet and reimagine the future for his generation.

Recently named TIMES Next 100, Xiuhtezcatl has felt called to change the narrative on what it means to be an activist from an early age. X has spoken at the UN, addressing the General Assembly, and has shared the stage with the likes of Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, Shailene Woodley, Bill Mckibbens and Pharrell Williams.

Xiuhtezcatl has spoken for many in the Fortune 500 – including Dreamforce and IBM. He has been a guest on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah & Real Time with Bill Maher. and has been featured multiple times in Rolling Stones and on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, and was photographed by Annie Leibovitz in 2019.

  • The Path of Guardianship: Creating Change with the Lives We are Already Living

    Xiuhtezcatl (Shoe-TEZ-caught) Martinez was just six years old when he took the stage as an activist for our environment. Today, he leads a movement that is both local and global. As the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a global organization dedicated to training young people to be effective leaders in the environmental, climate and social justice movements, Xiuhtezcatl helps turn activism into meaningful action. His Native American indigenous heritage and talents as a successful hip hop artist allow Xiuhtezcatl to engage in the climate movement in ways that cross generational barriers. From performing with Willow Smith and Jayden to addressing the UN General Assembly (three times) to serving on panels with Bernie Sanders and Van Jones, Xiuhtezcatl remains clear in his mission to save our planet by empowering people the world over to create meaningful change through the lives they are already living.

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