Monthly Archives: December 2013

My Great-Grandparents Who Changed My World

In my Facebook newsfeed, I see pictures of my great-grandparents posted, re-posted, commented, tagged, and shared by my relatives in the United States, Ecuador, and Italy. It’s crazy to see how my family continues to speak of my great-grandparents as if they … Continue reading

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Celebrity Monday: Julieta Paredes

I had the privilege of meeting Julieta Paredes in Middlebury College in Spring 2012. A member of Voices of Indigenous People student organization asked this famous speaker to give us a minute of her busy schedule to talk about her thoughts on … Continue reading

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Why Did Maria Panchita Fall in Love with Un Cholo Guapo?

Los Mentaos de la Manigua, a Montubio band in Ecuador, promotes oral tradition through their music, which sends a positive message to youth of preserving tradition and culture. In this song, Maria Panchita searches for her type of love outside … Continue reading

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Celebrity Tuesday: Rigoberta Menchu

My mother migrated to the States the same year Rigoberta Menchu was on exile. My mother heard the news of the genocide in Guatemala the same week Rigoberta Menchu found out about her brother’s death. The genocide killed 200,000 people in Guatemala, maybe even … Continue reading

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Comuna Sacachun Resurrects Ancestral Marriage Ceremony in 2013!

Comuna Sacachun re-integrates Wankavilka marriage ceremonies as a collective effort to recuperate and rescue Indigenous culture, tradition, and ritual in their community. The bride and groom dress in Wankavilka clothing (Deer skirts, Paja de Toquilla hats, and Jaguar shawls) and make a respectful pact with San … Continue reading

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Did They Really Take the “Indian” Out of Us?

Did the Spanish take the “Indio” out of my ancestors? Did they think that intimidating us into cultural assimilation would make us forget about our roots? Four hundred and eighty years of colonialism meant nothing to the Wankavilka people in Santa Elena, Ecuador. … Continue reading

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Tribal Nations Unite to Blockade

“Shana hopes that anyone who cannot be at the blockade tonight will spread word of their plight via social media, thereby helping them to garner more support and put pressure on tribal leadership to act quickly.” LastRealIndians posted an article … Continue reading

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