Celestino “Tino” Rayos, CADC-CAS

Native American Trauma & Cultural Healing

Tino Rayos was born in Texas and raised in Central California. His mother’s parents are Apache and Cherokee. His father’s parents are Yaqui and Irish. He’s on the journey reconnecting with his ancestry. Tino suffered generational traumas but uses lived experiences to break the cycles and help be a healer. He’s in recovery from alcohol and opiates but is still addicted to chocolate, coffee, and tacos. He married his high school sweetheart and has three sons. He graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelors in English and Chicano Latino & Ethnic Studies. He’s worked as a substitute teacher and a drug and alcohol counselor. He current is a Youth Prevention Coordinator, a diversity, equity, and inclusion trainer, and a lifetime activist standing against all injustice. He has performed poetry, comedy, song, Hip-Hop, Drum Circle, Aztec dance at art hops, theaters, and colleges. He is published in Traditions of the Ancestors at http://www.tota.world . Tino has placed first at Visalia, Fresno, and San Jose poetry slams. He made it to the BlackBerry Peach National Slam Poetry Competition in Florida and ranked 18th in the nation. Check out Tino Rayos on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.