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.
Their action poses an interesting question to the North, Central, and South America mixed-Indigenous people. Every mestizo is Indigenous to some degree. Some choose to embrace it fully. Others, partially. Most, deny it completely. But, it’s a matter of time when most of them will wake up and realize that their Indigenous heritage is important in the 21st century.