Tag Archives: Mestizo

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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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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The Young, Strong, and Brave Policarpa Salavarrieta

A couple of years ago, my mother watched a telenovela called La Pola: Amar La Hizo Libre. This telenovela was different from the other cheesy ones in my opinion. It was not about a man choosing between a lover and his wife, Dos Mujeres, … Continue reading

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We are Indians Regardless of Blood Quantum

“An Indian is an Indian regardless of the degree of Indian blood or which little government card they do or do not possess.” – Wilma Mankiller I want to share my thoughts on this quote. Recently, my mother and I … Continue reading

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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

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