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Xuxa Says Let’s Play Indian

Xuxa is a Brazilian TV presenter, film actress, businesswoman, and famous singer in both languages – Spanish and Portuguese – in Latin America. She was best known for her children’s song Ilaire in the early 1990s – the first song … Continue reading

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Antonio Mocho: Machismo and Masculinity in Ecuador

“Good morning Angela, how’s your day so far?” Rosa asks – the owner of a local store. “It’s all right,” Angela says in whispers. She glances over her shoulders. “Have you seen Antonio around?” Rosa shakes her head as she hands the grocery bags … 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 un Cholo, So What?

The other night my father blasted his Ecuadorian music in the living room. My brother groaned and left the space to workout in the bedroom. My sister rolled her eyes and wore her headphones. I hummed to Julio Jaramillo, El Curiquingue, and Don … 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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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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