Tag Archives: Huancavilca

The Butterfly Story

When I was in Ecuador, my cousins and I played soccer in the backyard. I saw my Tia Flor leave the house and wait for the bus in the corner. She was going back to the commune. As she waited, I asked her to tell … Continue reading

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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

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I’m Coming Out, Yo Soy Enchaquirado, That Means “Two-Spirit” Where I Come From

I wake up in a dream. It takes me to the sea. I spread my body like a starfish right on the beach. Chawis fly across the sky. Crabs glow red under the hot sun. Then – I hear someone whistle in the distance. I get … Continue reading

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Why Keeping In Touch With Your Native Language Does Matter

The Wankavilka president attends a CONAICE meeting (Confederación de Nacionalidades y pueblos indígenas de la Costa Ecuatoriana) – an Indigenous political group aiming to protect the rights of Indigenous people in the Ecuadorian coast. The presidents start their meeting with an opening ceremony. Each of … 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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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

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Two Spirits People Are Sacred and Beautiful

“When I was a little boy, I knew something was different about me. I liked boys but I was scared of what people would say.” -Anonymous Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people go through this thought process of confusion, … Continue reading

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