Selina Morales

Selina Morales

is an inheritor of a life sustaining tradition of Puerto Rican folk healing and spirit work. For four decades, she has studied at the knee of her grandmother, a spirit medium and healer. She offers her inheritance to her family and community as critical tools for the pursuit of social justice. Selina is a folklorist, a writer and a film maker. She is a founding partner of Botánica Pictures and is an Executive Producer for Daughter of the Sea (2022).

Selina earned a B.A. in Anthropology at Oberlin College and an M.A. in Folklore at Indiana University-Bloomington. For nearly a decade, Selina worked through the Philadelphia Folklore Project, supporting artists in using their folk traditions for social change. She is now a Philadelphia-based public folklorist, consulting nationally on projects that connect community aesthetics, heritage, and social justice. Currently, she works as the lead folklorist for the Southwest Folklife Alliance’s Folklife PAR Network and as an advisor for the National Folklife Network. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. In 2017, she was honored as one of the Delaware Valley’s 50 Most Influential Latinos. 

FEATURED STORIES:

Leeway Foundation Art and Change Award, 2022