Tag Archives: comuneros

Fighting Stereotypes: “But She Looks So Indian, Too Bad”

A family friend gave birth to a newborn a few days ago. Everyone gathered around the baby and played with the her soft hands, her button nose, and her tiny feet. People cooed and made funny noises to the baby. The … Continue reading

Posted in October 2013 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Santa Elena En Bus

“Santa Elena en Bus” is a film produced by young comuneros in Santa Elena, Ecuador in hopes of sharing their stories to the world. The film is based on four myths that Wankavilka comuneros preserved for millennia in order to explain the anomalies and supernatural occurrences … Continue reading

Posted in October 2013 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in October 2013 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Huancavilca Tradition: Day of the Dead

My family stopped celebrating the Day of the Dead. They stopped because of all the migrating process in the past decade. They stopped because of all the busy projects they had going on. They stopped because there was no point in visiting our relatives … Continue reading

Posted in October 2013 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in October 2013 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment