Monthly Archives: October 2013

My Mother’s Stories

My mother identifies as both: Ecuadorian and Indigenous. She is not ashamed of her Indigenous roots and she misses her home Playas, Ecuador. She would talk about Data de Villamil, her grandparents, the legends of Tin-Tin, La Dama Tapada, El Busque Fantasma, … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me Cholo Just Cause I “Try to Fit In”

The word cholo has a variety of definitions depending on the context of the region in the Americas. Where I come from, cholo is a “derogatory” word used to negatively describe a specific group of people in Ecuador: the brown-mestizos. In Ecuador, cholo can mean the following: A mestizo … Continue reading

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Ecuadorian Telenovela: Rosita, La Taxista

“De Imbabura me vine al Guayas…” (From Imbabura, I came to Guayas) “Rosita La Taxista” is an Ecuadorian soap opera that tells a story about a Native woman who works as a taxi driver in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At ten years old, Rosita and … Continue reading

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New York Quechua Nights

Not too long ago, I went to a Quechua evening class at New York University in New York City. As I mentioned before, my Quinde ancestors were descendants of the Tawantinsuyu empire, also known as the Inca Empire. From my research, my ancestors might have … Continue reading

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San Biritute

In the morning of September 30, 1953, while Comuna Sacachun was celebrating the feast of St. Jerome, city council members kidnapped their monolithic totem  pole San Biritute without the permission of the Wankavilka Comunero community.  According to oral tradition, about a century ago, their ancestors found these pre-Colombian artifacts in their … Continue reading

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Welcome to The Quinde Journey Blog

I celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in 2013 by inviting my friends and readers to join me on a journey where I’m in the process of re-claiming my Wankavilka Comunero identity, language, and heritage. At six years old, I already knew my family was Native. Some of them told … Continue reading

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