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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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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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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

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Welcome to The Quinde Journey Blog

I celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in 2013 by inviting my friends and readers to join me on a journey where I’m in the process of re-claiming my Wankavilka Comunero identity, language, and heritage. At six years old, I already knew my family was Native. Some of them told … Continue reading

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